Angelina Jolie had an audience with the pope today in Rome. The director’s second feature, Unbroken, was screened at the Vatican after Pope Francis, who was aware of the incredible life story of the late Louis Zamperini welcomed the opportunity. The Associated Press reports that the pontiff did not watch the screening today, but did have an exchange with Jolie afterward. Jolie was joined by Luke Zamperini, Louis’ son, with Vatican officials and ambassadors in attendance for the film. The awards season contender was shown at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” said Jolie, according to Universal Pictures. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.” The epic drama about the life of Olympian and war hero Zamperini opened in North American theaters on Christmas Day and has slowly been rolling out overseas. It debuts in Italy on January 29.
In March, Noah director Darren Aronofsky, star Russell Crowe and Paramount exec Rob Moore met Pope Francis while in Rome to promote the pic. The Vatican hosted the trio in the official VIP section of a morning Udienza.