Thomas Jolly and Pier Lamandé
Padre Pio is the original and captivating interpretation of one of the most controversial Italian historical characters, revisited by one of the most significant authors of contemporary cinema.
Debated for years by theologists and historians, the figure of world-known Saint of Pietrelcina stands between religion and politics – a pop icon and a saint at the same time. As of today, the truth behind his stigmata remains a mystery.
Ferrara paints him in at a crossroad of his biography: the 1920’s massacre at San Giovanni Rotondo, which covered in blood the small village in Gargano’s backcountry, poor and barren, not yet enlightened by the fame of the saint.