.- The director of âThere Be Dragons,â a film about Opus Dei founder St. JosemarÃa EscrivÃ¡, sees the saint's message that God can be found in everyday life as central to his latest movie.
âItâs not that a saint gets some inner truth and now there are no struggles,â Joffe told CNA. Itâs not, âIâm just a saint and everything works. No, a saint has to struggle every day.â
âSaints are fundamentally and totally human. Itâs their very humanity that makes them able to be saints.â
Joffe said the film expresses the Spanish saintâs deeply held belief that God can be found in everyday life â even during a civil war â and that everyone can be a saint.
âThere Be Dragons,â is set during the Spanish Civil War of the mid- to late 1930s, a period the director describes as âthe seminal moment in Josemariaâs life.â
One of the central themes Joffe explores in the film is forgiveness, which he calls a âgiftâ and âcentral messageâ of Christianity.
Forgiveness âacts to free both parties,â Joffe said, explaining that âit acts to free the person doing the forgiveness and it obviously acts to free the person being forgiven.â
âIf we have to forgive somebody, we have to forgive something that has caused an immense amount of pain and there will be a great cost and a great struggle in being able to forgive, but thatâs the Christian message: that that struggle itself is worthwhile,â said Joffe, who has described himself as a âwobbly agnostic.â
âThere Be Dragonsâ is not just for Catholics, though. âThis movie is 100% about humanity. We have tested it with believers, nonbelievers, Asians, Americans, Africans, everyone,â Producer Ignacio GÃ³mez Sancha told Rome Reports, âand it touched the heart of all of them, so nobody should feel left out!â
The film made its debut in Spain on March 25. It will be released in the U.S. on May 6 and will premier in Columbia and Mexico on August 5.