Mary of Nazareth. New Movie

Mary of Nazareth:

Compelling Film Brings Mary’s “Yes” to Life

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    September 5, 2013 By Lisa M. Hendey Leave a Comment

    MARY OF NAZARETH - Theatrical movie poster

    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.

    For more information, visit

    Top Comments

    • Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

      The most stunning portrayal of the Virgin Mary on film. It will make you want to love her more than ever. An absolute masterpiece! Yes, my friends, I can assure you that we finally have a movie that gets Mary totally right! Trust me, I am super hard to please when it comes to any portrayal of Mary in film, but this one nailed it entirely!

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    • Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

      Greta, it’s impossible that you watched this (edited) version last winter. You probably watched the original version that is much longer. That one does have some objectionable scenes, but this one (which has not been released yet) has been perfectly edited by Ignatius Press and is a masterpiece. Thus, your comment is not applicable for a film you have not seen (the edited version).

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