The ovation came last year during a private showing to the Roman Curia. The film was due to be released last autumn, but director Leonardo Defilippis estimated that the company film needed an additional $2 million for it to be shown in cinemas.
The film “is absolutely a work of charity,” he was quoted as saying in the Discalced Carmelites’ Web page. “It is like a ‘little way’ made up of little people all over the world who do little things, believing in this project.”
“Thérèse” is depending heavily on its official Web page www.theresemovie.com for publicity and on the efforts of volunteers to promote it in cinemas.
Those who want “Thérèse” be shown in their local movie houses can fill out a form on the Web page. The more people who fill out the form, the better the chances for this film to be shown in cinemas.
Defilippis and his wife Patti founded St. Luke Productions, whose affiliate, Luke Films Incorporated, produced “Thérèse.”