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The Papal Chase

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7.6/10 Alchetron

Director  Kenny Hotz
Budget  800 USD
Country  Canada
7.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Producer  Sebastian Cluer
Language  English
The Papal Chase movie poster
Cast  Kenny Hotz
Release date  December 2, 2004 (2004-12-02) (Whistler Film Festival)
Writer  Kenny Hotz, Paul Johnson
Similar movies  Kenny Hotz directed The Papal Chase and Pitch

The papal chase

The Papal Chase is a 2004 Canadian micro-budget feature-length guerrilla-style mockumentary directed by Kenny Hotz of Kenny vs. Spenny fame, and written by Hotz and Paul Johnson. The film features cameo appearances by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood, as well as footage of Toronto mayoral candidate Kevin Clarke. It is also the only comedy feature that has an appearance by Pope John Paul II. Among its awards, the film won the Phillip Borsos Award for 'Best Canadian Feature Film' at the 2004 Whistler Film Festival, and won 'Best Documentary' at the 2005 Canadian Filmmakers' Festival.


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When Pope John Paul II is visiting Canada in 2002, Kenny Hotz's friend Paul bets him $1000 that Kenny (who is Jewish) can't meet him. Over the course of six days, Kenny wears various disguises and makes multiple efforts to meet the pope in order to win the bet. Kenny's attempts include becoming a "Pope-arazzi", fighting his way through millions of pilgrims and onlookers, thousands of cops, security guards, Vatican Special Forces, and precision snipers. Along the way, Kenny crosses paths with various members of The Rolling Stones.


  • Kenny Hotz as Himself
  • Sebastian Cluer as Himself
  • Pope John Paul II as Himself
  • Mick Jagger as Himself (Cameo)
  • Keith Richards as Himself (Cameo)
  • Ronnie Wood as Himself (Cameo)
  • Release

    The film debuted on December 2, 2004, at the Whistler Film Festival and had its US premiere at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in June 2005.

    Awards and nominations

  • 2004, won Phillip Borsos Award for 'Best Canadian Feature Film' at Whistler Film Festival
  • 2005, won audience award for 'Best Documentary' at Canadian Filmmakers' Festival
  • 2005, won audience award for 'Best Film' at Canadian Filmmakers' Festival for Kenny Hotz
  • 2005, won audience award for 'Best Documentary' at Brooklyn International Film Festival
  • 2005, won audience award for 'Documentary' at Brooklyn International Film Festival for Kenny Hotz
  • References

    The Papal Chase Wikipedia
    The Papal Chase IMDbThe Papal Chase