Pope Joan
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Pope Joan

A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.... Show More


Pope Joan (2009) is an enthralling historical drama set in the ninth century. This captivating film tells the story of a woman named Joan, born of English heritage in the German city of Ingelheim. Determined to break free from societal limitations of the time, Joan disguises herself as a man, assuming the identity of a monk named John Anglicus.

As Joan transforms herself into John Anglicus, she discovers the world of the Vatican, where she rises through the ranks, ultimately becoming Pope. This groundbreaking achievement challenges the deeply ingrained male-dominated hierarchy of the Church.

However, Joan's secret life becomes increasingly perilous as she navigates the treacherous world of power and deception, where her true identity could be exposed at any moment. As she carries out her papal duties, Joan must cope with the pressures and expectations placed upon her, all while concealing her true self.

Pope Joan (2009) delves into the fascinating historical legend surrounding the controversial figure of Pope Joan. This thought-provoking film explores themes of gender inequality, personal identity, and the struggle for freedom in a time marked by strict societal norms.

Featuring an exceptional cast and stunning cinematography, Pope Joan offers a captivating glimpse into the life of a woman who defied the odds and boldly challenged the long-established traditions of the Church. With its rich historical context and powerful storytelling, this film is sure to captivate and inspire audiences.

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Pope Joan

Release Date:

22 Oct 2009


Donna Woolfolk Cross, Heinrich Hadding, Sönke Wortmann


6 wins & 6 nominations