When the pope shakes your hand and tells you he hopes that your film “bears much fruit,” everything else — critics groups, career callbacks, splashy openings — kind of falls by the wayside.
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese met Pope Francis on Wednesday shortly before a Vatican screening of his latest movie, “Silence.” The encounter, Scorsese told me over a lengthy interview Saturday, made him “very nervous.”
“Until I met him, that is, and then he was completely disarming,” Scorsese said. “I was able to make a few jokes. He laughed a few times. He made a joke to me. It was sweet.”