Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to the Uruguayan narrative pic “The Pope’s Toilet” (“El Bano del Papa”), a fest fave that screened in Cannes in Un Certain Regard.
The pic, helmed by Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez, will have a limited release across the country in October and go out on DVD early next year.
The film is set in 1988, as a small Uruguayan town, Melo, gears up for the arrival of Pope John Paul II. One local resident, trying to profit from the visit, decides to build a portable pay toilet for the event, setting in motion a chain of unforeseen complications.
Uruguay’s official Oscar submission, the pic also won awards at San Sebastian and Sao Paulo and screened as an official selection in Toronto and Miami.