VILNIUS: Castle Pictures of New York and local coproducer Baltic Film Services have started principle photography on the docudrama Pope Versus Hitler on locations around Vilnius for National Geographic.
The film examines the truth about Pope Pius XII, who has long been vilified as "Hitler's Pope", accused of failing publicly to condemn the genocide of Europe's Jews. The docudrama shows that Pius XII was not indifferent to the Jews' plight, but did not speak because he was convinced it would make matters worse. Quietly he undertook heroic measures to save Jews and participated in a secret operation toward that end.
Pope Versus Hitler is directed, written and produced by Christopher Cassel. Cassel is a Primetime Emmy Award winning director, writer and producer based in New York City, and president of the film and television production company Castle Pictures. Cassel‘s credits have ranged from character-driven TV series to historical docudramas, to biographical profiles of well known public figures. He has created programming for Discovery, History, Animal Planet, Bravo, A&E, Discovery Health and The Travel Channel, as well as DVD projects for retail distribution.
This is the third film Cassel has filmed in Lithuania with Baltic Film Services.
Filming takes place in various locations around Vilnius.
Filming started on the 29 April 2016 and will finish on 11 May. The television broadcast is planned for 2016 in USA.