‘Pope’ pic pops up on bigscreen in Poland

Voight, helmer Harrison, President Kaczynski to attend

CBS telepic “Pope John Paul II” is getting the pontifical treatment in Karol Wojtyla’s native Poland, where a custom-made theatrical version preems today with star Jon Voight, helmer John Kent Harrison and Poland’s President Leah Kaczynski in attendance.

Ceremonial gala in Krakow’s Philharmonic Hall, with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz — former personal assistant to the Polish-born pope — among other guests, will be televised live by Polish pubcaster TVP, excluding the actual unspooling.

Studio Interfilm is releasing the Polish theatrical cut of “Pope John Paul II” this weekend on 140 screens locally.

Condensed celluloid version is a dubbed edit of the four-hour mini that ran on CBS Stateside in December.

Pic, co-produced by CBS, RAI, LuxVide and Telwizja Polska, was partly shot in Krakow, where Wojtyla served as archbishop prior to his papacy.

Dziwisz, who collaborated with the pic’s production and is the current archbishop of Krakow, held a packed special mass preceding the event in the city’s Wawel Cathedral on Wednesday.

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