After leaving Cannes, the director of The Last Temptation of Christ traveled to Italy and the Vatican.
After his visit to Cannes to present Killers of the Flower Moon, his last movie, Martin Scorsese traveled to Italy where he met Pope Francis, reports variety . Thirty-five years later The last temptation of Christ, the director took this opportunity to testify to his attachment to the Catholic faith and his intentions to produce a new film about Jesus.
“I responded to the pope’s call for artists in the only way I know how: by imagining and writing a screenplay for a film about Jesus,” announced Martin Scorsese on Saturday at a conference in Rome at the Vatican. And I’m about to start doing that.”
Martin Scorsese and his wife Helen Morris met Pope Francis in a brief private audience at the Vatican before heading to a conference titled “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination,” hosted by the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica and Georgetown University.
Antonio Spadaro, the newspaper’s editor, recounted how, in their discussion at the conference, Martin Scorsese multiplied the anecdotes about his faith and how the director also expressed his admiration for The Gospel According to Saint Matthew by Pier Paolo Pasolini.