"MoMA Presents: The Pope's Toilet" Film Program

The Museum of Modern Art

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It is 1988 in the impoverished town of Melo, Uruguay, and Pope John Paul II is about to pay a visit. Expecting hordes of Brazilian visitors from across the nearby border, the townspeople anticipate a material, if not spiritual, windfall. But while everyone else plans to set up stalls for food and drink, one enterprising smuggler decides that a public pay toilet is a can't-miss scheme. Enlisting the help of his neighbor and using money that his wife had set aside for their daughter's education, he sets his plan in motion—but a series of obstacles puts his marriage and friendships to the test. "The Pope's Toilet" is the bittersweet debut feature of Enrique Fernández, a writer born in Melo, and César Charlone, the Uruguayan cinematographer of "City of God" and "The Constant Gardener."



from April 08, 2009 to April 13, 2009
Film screens once or twice a day, please refer to MoMA site for details.

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