Alejandro Monteverde is retelling history…
The 43-year-old Mexican film director will helm the feature Cabrini, a bio pic about U.S. Catholic nun Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Production starts on June 28 in Buffalo, NY and New York City.
Mother Cabrini was an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to her fellow Italian immigrants to the United States. Cabrini, who lived from 1850 to 1917, was the first U.S. citizen to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church, on July 7, 1946 by Pope Pius XII.
Her beautification miracle involved restoring the sight of a day-old baby, Peter Smith, who had been blinded by a 50% silver nitrate solution instead of the normal 1% solution in the child’s eyes. Her canonization miracle involved the healing of a terminally ill member of her congregation.
Monteverde directed the 2006 feature Bella, which was released by Roadside Attractions, and the 2015 Emily Watson drama Little Boy.