Faustina Film Will Have Two More Showings!

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"Love and Mercy: Faustina" was the second-highest-grossing movie on opening night, behind only "Joker."

In a battle of good vs. evil at the box office, “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” a one-night-only release, was the second-highest-grossing movie on Monday, Oct. 28, garnering $1.4 million and toppling big-budget films such as “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Zombieland: Double Tap,” and “The Addams Family.” It fell just short of besting box office juggernaut “Joker,” which pulled in $1.8 million on Oct. 28. 

Due to the overwhelming demand for the film, including a number of sold-out shows across the country, Fathom Events has added two more showings of “Love and Mercy: Faustina”: Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

“I’m immensely grateful for the warm reception ‘Love and Mercy: Faustina’ and the Divine Mercy message have received in the U.S.,” said Kamila Kamińska, the actress who plays Sr. Faustina. “It’s a blessing that this beautiful film has given us numerous opportunities to spread the Divine Mercy devotion.” 

“Love and Mercy: Faustina” is a docudrama that follows the incredible call of St. Faustina to religious life and the healing effects of the Divine Mercy message on countless people around the world. 

The docudrama was written and directed by Michal Kondrat, a Polish filmmaker who experienced his own personal encounter with the Divine Mercy in his life. The film opened in Poland last year to sell-out audiences. 

The movie has received rave reviews from the Catholic media: 

“For those for whom the Divine Mercy holds a special place in their lives, ‘Love and Mercy: Faustina’ will be time well spent," said Aleteia.

Tickets for the encore showing of “Love and Mercy: Faustina” are now available and can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 800 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Love and Mercy: Faustina” begins with St. Faustina before Christ called her to religious life and follows her as she not only answers Christ’s call but receives the Image of Divine Mercy in a vision in 1931 in a tiny town in Poland. The image does not become a tangible reality until years later when her confessor convinces a local artist to paint the image. While St. Faustina would not live to see the world venerate the image of the Divine Mercy, her confessor sought Vatican approval and was met with many obstacles. It wasn’t until Pope John Paul II took interest in the image and St. Faustina’s story that the image was spread worldwide. Additionally, unique scientific analysis shown in “Love and Mercy: Faustina” proves that St. Faustina did see Christ in her vision. 

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception served as consultants for this 120-minute docudrama that was written and directed by Michal Kondrat. 

For a complete list of theater locations and to order tickets, visit HERE

If you cannot attend a theatrical screening on Dec. 2 or Dec. 10, we invite you to sign up to receive a DVD of the film once we make it available. Sign up HERE.

Watch the trailer for “Love and Mercy: Faustina”: 

 

 

“The idea to create 'Love and Mercy' first came to me two years ago after reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska," said Mr. Kondrat, who filmed in his native Poland as well as at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and locations in Lithuania, and Italy. 

"Divine Mercy is changing millions of lives, but most Christians are still unaware of the power of the message that Jesus gave to humanity through Sr. Faustina, a simple Polish nun who is now a saint," said Mr. Kondrat, whose previous films include "Two Crowns," dedicated to the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Filmed in English, “Love and Mercy: Faustina” dramatizes key moments in St. Faustina's life and the difficulties and triumphs that accompanied the spread of the message following her death in 1938.

One day this poor, faithful Polish farm girl with little formal education has her life irreversibly upturned when Jesus appears to her in a vision. Jesus commissions her to proclaim the truth of His mercy in order to prepare the world for His final coming.

Featured scenes include her call from Jesus to enter the convent; her relationship with Fr. Michael Sopocko, the priest sent by Christ to help her carry out her mission; the often frustrating process of creating the Divine Mercy Image, as Jesus requested; her and Fr. Sopocko's trust in Christ amidst the many spiritual trials; and the handing off of key Divine Mercy documents to a Marian priest, Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, MIC, who escaped to America to fulfill his promise to promote Divine Mercy.

Interviews with present-day scholars and promoters of her message are interspersed among the dramatic portrayals.

The film breaks new ground with discoveries of original writings from now-Blessed Sopocko. 

The film also delves into the scientific research that shows the identical features of Christ in the Divine Mercy Image to the facial features and figure immortalized on the Shroud of Turin.

What People Are Saying:

"When the film was over, I just uttered, 'Wow!'" 

— Joan Lewis, Rome bureau chief for EWTN

“Inspiring, insightful and transformative, ‘Love and Mercy: Faustina’ is masterfully done. Divine Mercy is at the heart of the Gospel, and this fascinating docudrama reveals the history, devotion, and power of one of the greatest messages for our times.

— Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy

“The extraordinary message of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina has touched millions of lives around the world. This film will serve as an incredible tool to inspire even more people to follow Christ’s invitation extended to a broken world — a call to turn from sin, receive God’s mercy, and to share that mercy with others.”

— Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers

“‘Love and Mercy’ takes us right into the heart of the Gospel. Tempted by the evil one, we rejected God’s love and distrusted His plan for our happiness. But God did not abandon us. He sent a Redeemer to save us. He became one of us in history, but He acts with His divine power today even more so on account of our confusion, lack of faith, and increasing separation from Him. This truly inspiring movie takes us on a journey of faith and gives witness to people who accept Him, place confidence in Him, and experience His redemptive and healing effects in their lives.”

— Very Rev. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, the Marians’ provincial superior of the United States and Argentina

“Captivatingly powerful — ‘Love and Mercy’ is an inspiring and comprehensive study of the message of Divine Mercy through the lives of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and Blessed Michael Sopocko, as well as the Marian Fathers and Divine Mercy experts. I highly recommend ‘Love and Mercy.’ It’s guaranteed to stir your heart!”
— Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, TV host, international speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 52 Weeks with Saint Faustina: A Year of Grace and Mercy

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