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Goran Visnjic on Playing the Skeptical Mayor in Fatima
By: Gig Patta / LRM Online
27 August 2020

Goran Visnjic is a religious person. So, it may be hard to play into the skepticism of a religious event in Fatima.

The actor plays the town’s mayor Artur, who challenges the stories conjured by the three children of Fatima. Visnjic tries to rely on historical research to play the mayor as he navigates the skepticism of the event that occurred over a hundred years ago.

Here’s the full synopsis:

In 1917, outside the parish of Fatima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl, and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. As secularist government officials and Church leaders try to force the children to recant their story, word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. What they experience will transform their quiet lives and bring the attention of a world yearning for peace.

The film stars Visnjic (Beginners), Joaquim de Almeida (Queen of the South), Stephanie Gil (Terminator: Dark Fate), Lucia Moniz (Love, Actually), Sonia Braga (Aquarius), and Harvey Keitel (The Piano, The Irishman). Marco Pontecorvo directed the movie from a script written by Pontecorvo, Valerio D’Annunzio and Barbara Nicolosi.

LRM Online exclusively spoke with Goran Visnjic on Zoom during the Fatima press junket this week. We talked about the historical accuracies of his character, the beliefs of the event, and how it may be taken if it had happened in today’s world.

Inspired by the true story, Fatima releases in select theaters and On Demand tomorrow, August 28.

Watch the exclusive LRM Online interview below and let us know what you think.


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