“Ignacio de Loyola” Film Comes to Theatres in Canada and the United States
August 22, 2016 —
The last feature film about St. Ignatius of Loyola was a black and white,
Spanish language film released in the 1940s. In response to the lack of
contemporary material on the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit
Communications Foundation in the Philippines produced “Ignacio de Loyola,” to
be released in North American theatres on Friday, Aug. 26.
the help of Jesuit consultants who offered their expertise on Ignatian
spirituality, history and art, and filmed at historical sites in Spain, “Ignacio
de Loyola” depicts the conversion of Ignatius from soldier to saint.
Told from the perspective of a young priest who had once been tasked
with defending Ignacio before the Spanish Inquisition, “Ignacio de Loyola” follows
the story of the young and ambitious Iñigo Lopez de Loyola whose desire for a
prosperous military career is stunted when he is injured in the Battle of Pamplona.
During his recovery, Iñigo experiences a conversion and retires his sword to
follow God. He makes a pilgrimage from his home to Montserrat where he resides
in solitude in the caves outside of Manresa. After a month of seclusion, Iñigo
emerges as Ignatius and sets out to “set the world on fire.”
The film also illustrates
how the saint learned from his errors and trials and incorporated them into the
formation of the Spiritual Exercises — a series of prayers, reflections and
mediations used to deepen one’s relationship with God.
(L to R) Jesuit Father Nono Alfonso, Executive
Producer, Jesuit Communications Foundation; Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro,
Editor in Chief, La Civiltà Cattolica; Jesuit Father Mark Raper, JCAP
President; Andreas Muñoz who plays Ignacio; Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior
General; Paolo Dy, Film Director
A special screening of the film was held at the Filmoteca Vaticana in Vatican
City on June 14. Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society
of Jesus, was among those in attendance.
The film will be
released on Aug. 26 in select theatres in Canada, the United States, Papua New
Guinea and Guam; for the theater list for the international
release of the film, click here.
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