Skip to comments.Cardinal Rigali Urges the Faithful of Philadelphia to See the Film "Bella"
Posted on 10/24/2007 8:35:59 AM PDT by Pyro7480
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is urging the faithful throughout the Archdiocese to see the powerful new film "Bella" which opens in select local theaters on Friday, October 26, 2007. Cardinal Rigali said, "This film has a message that is so connected to life: to the problems of life, the challenges of life, the value of life. This film, I believe, is destined to have an extraordinary impact on people's lives."
Bella is a film with wide audience appeal. It was the 2006 winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, an honor received by former Academy Award winners including "American Beauty" and "Life is Beautiful" among others. "Bella" is the story of a young woman who becomes pregnant and loses her job and a man who is unable to recover from a tragic accident in his past. The two befriend one another one day, and their friendship ends up changing their lives and bringing new hope to both.
Cardinal Rigali, in his office as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, wrote to his fellow Bishops encouraging them to host advanced screenings of "Bella" with the hope of spreading the positive message of this film. In early October, Cardinal Rigali and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted a private screening of "Bella" at Villanova University's Connelly Center for approximately 200 people, many of whom are pro-life leaders.
"Bella" features actors Eduardo Verastegui, Manual Perez, Angelica Aragon, Jaime Terelli and Ali Landry. Alejandro Monteverde directed and co-wrote the film which was produced by Sean Wolfington, Leo Severino, Alejandro Monteverde and Denise Pinckley with executive producers J. Eustace Wolfington, Marcy Wolfington, Ana Wolfington and Steve McEveety. The Wolfingtons are from the Philadelphia area.
W’re (Don-o and myself and two sons) are driving to a city 100 miles away to see it on Saturday. We want our boys to get an heartful of life & love “the way it spozed to be.”
Wow, now THAT’s commitment. :-)
I saw it last Sunday at a special screening.
It is everything people say it is....my girlfriend is a mushball and it got more than a few tears out of her.
Excellent film on my personal rating scale I would give it the rare “double full price rating” (aka worth paying full price twice to see).
Is it a Christian movie or has Christians in it, or just a great movie that a Cardinal is recommending it?
Does anyone have access to a Pro-Life ping list?
The three people above have them.
It’s a Christian movie, very much so. Very complex and intricate human drama, exploring various themes like self forgiveness, family, and doing what is right for your fellow man just because it is right.
I think it’s a movie you should see several times to digest it all.
I plan to see it again in the theatres if it ever gets to Mass.