this form? Link here.
Do you live outside the United
I appreciate all of my wonderful fans across the world and I have
corresponded with many of you.
However, the purpose behind this map is to encourage
distributors to open Pope Joan in as many
theaters across the United States as possible.
Why is there a potential problem
with the movie opening broadly in the United States?
Constantin Film was disappointed by the U.S. turnout for “Perfume”
(a hit in Europe). So Constantin is understandably concerned
that “Pope Joan”, another period piece set in Europe, may have a
similar result in the U.S.
What this could mean: a limited-theater release in the U.S.
My argument: the poor performance of “Perfume” is not a good
predictor of U.S. audiences for “Pope Joan”. True, both films
are set in long-ago Europe, but these stories are fundamentally
1. “Perfume” is the story of a murderer with an extraordinary
sense of smell who kills young women, shaving the hair and sweat
off their bodies and combining them to create an irresistible
scent that makes him all-powerful. In the end, the anti-hero
pours this perfume over himself and is cannibalized by a
2. “Pope Joan” is the story of woman’s empowerment through
learning-- of Joan’s personal triumph over the social obstacles
of her day. Though Joan’s story is ancient, it is strangely
new--and deeply relevant to the world we live in today. The same
battle Joan waged for the simple right to education is still
being fought today by heroic women in Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Algeria and other countries--and they are being opposed by some
of the very same arguments Joan confronted.
3. “Perfume” had the advantage of publisher support that helped
make the novel a bestseller. “Pope Joan”, abandoned by its
previous publisher, stayed in print only because of
“grass-roots” reader support--in other words, because of you!
Now I turn to you again. This is a crucial moment of decision.
In the next two weeks, Constantin and the U.S. distributors they
approach need to be convinced that there IS an enthusiastic
audience for Joan’s story here in the U.S.--an audience large
enough to justify a “wide” release (all theaters), not a limited
one (art-house theaters).
Here's what you can do:
Fill out the form above and add a comment to
let producers know of your interest in the film. Then,
forward the email invitation you received to your friends -- or simply send a link to this page.
The more Pope Joan fans on our map, the better chance you have
of of seeing Pope Joan in a theater near you.
Link here for the map form.
And thank you!