It is 1988, and Melo, a Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. Numbers begin circulating: hundreds of people will come, thousands say the media. Brimming with enthusiasm, the locals hope not only for divine blessing but also a small share of material happiness. Petty smuggler Beto is certain that he’s found the best business idea of all: 'The Pope’s Toilet', where the thousands of visiting pilgrims can find relief.
A movie that serves to contextualize on the ever-present influence of the Catholic Church in South American society. This movie can link with León Ferrari’s work “L’Osservatore Romano” in his appropriation of cultural and Christian icons and texts to criticize Catholic authorities and their ideological abuse of power.
Directed by Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernández, Uruguay 2007. Runtime 90 mins
- Auditorium, lower ground level