The subject is a saint, but director Paolo Dy told the press on Wednesday that "Ignacio de Loyola" is a sinner's movie.
"It's definitely not what you would call a typical religious film," Dy said. "It's very human. It's a very emotional take on the struggle of a man who had tremendous dreams, but was forced to abandon them and find another way to happiness."
The film—a Filipino production with a Spanish cast and filmed in Spain—dramatizes the life of Íñigo López de Loyola, a Spanish knight who struggled with depression and guilt, but eventually found vindication in his faith. As Ignatius of Loyola, he founded the Society of Jesus.
"[The film] depicts a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but in overcoming it, he discovered an idea—a revelation that has become the bedrock of the Jesuit order, [which] he founded," Dy said. "It continues to transform the lives of young people today."
In an interview with GMA News Online, lead actor Andreas Muñoz said that the film is not just for religious people, nor does it seek to convert non-believers.
"It's not just for someone, it's for everyone. The film is trying to reach [out to everyone]," Muñoz said. "The message is beyond religion."
"Ignacio de Loyola" was shown to an audience in the Vatican on June 14. — BM, GMA News
Ignacio de Loyola" will be screened in select theaters nationwide starting July 27.