Mary of Nazareth: Compelling Film Brings Mary’s “Yes” to Life

Mary of Nazareth: Compelling Film Brings Mary’s “Yes” to Life September 5, 2013
MARY OF NAZARETH - Theatrical movie poster
Mary of Nazareth

I recently had the great privilege of pre-screening an amazing new movie, Mary of Nazareth, an epic new motion picture on the life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. The film will become available for sponsored screenings in theaters through Ignatius Press and Carmel Communications beginning  October 1, 2013. I wanted to share this good news with our readers now, so that you can begin planning with your parish or organization to bring a screening to your community.

Upon watching this amazing film, I shared the following endorsement:

“With careful attention to detail and a remarkable cast, Mary of Nazareth is an impressively beautiful portrait of the life of the Blessed Mother. Starting with her unique childhood and following her life through the resurrection of her son, our Lord Jesus Christ, this film will bond families ever more closely to the life of a woman who forever changed our world. Come to know Mary for the first time, or renew your friendship with the mother of us all with a cinematic work of art that brings Mary’s amazing ‘yes’ to life.”

Here is some additional information about this beautiful film:

This full-length feature film about the life of Our Lady, shot in English in High Definition, was filmed in Europe in very authentic locales with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score . Actress Alissa Jung gives a beautiful, compelling and inspired portrayal of Mary. Pope Benedict XVI had the opportunity to screen this film in the Apostolic Palace, and was touched by the portrayal of Mary so movingly revealed on film.

The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. This movie underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she endured in union with his passion and death, as well as her serene joy at his Resurrection.

Directed by acclaimed European film director Giacomo Campiotti (BAKHITA, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, ST. GIUSEPPE MOSCATI) and written by Francesco Arlanch (RESTLESS HEART, PIUS XII, POPE JOHN PAUL II), in addition to the luminous performance by Jung, the film provides inspiring portrayals of all the main roles, including Andreas Pietschmann as Jesus, Luca Marinelli as Joseph, Paz Vega as Mary Magdalene and Antonia Liskova as Herodias. The original music score was written  by Guy Farley.

I encourage you to watch the film’s trailer and pray about bringing this work of art and incredible evangelistic tool to a theater in your community.

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  • Christina

    When will this be available on DVD ?

  • Zachary Everett

    Living Rule Ministries out of Ohio is trying to show the film in Pittsburgh PA and Steubenville OH. If you are in that area and would like to see the film please consider giving us your support so we can help others see this beautiful film!
    We are also interested in bring the film to other communities that are excited to see and learn about the life of Christ through the eyes of Mary. Be sure to check out our campaign to help support us in bringing this film to as many as possible!

  • Ellen Palmer

    Just saw the film last night. What a beautiful movie that I couldn’t get out of my seat for even though it was very long. It put Mary in places where biblically she was not in, but just because the bible didn’t say Mary was there, didn’t mean that she was not present. My husband said that he could understand why Catholics honor Mary so much after viewing the film (he was not raised Catholic).

    One friend was disappointed since it was not biblical. She also had a child with her who was upset by the crucifixion scenes. I do have a hard time with violence in movies, so I just closed my eyes for scenes that were violent. It was a good reminder that the crucifixion was NOT pretty and Mary did stand by her Son during that very difficult time.