Sunday, September 1, 2019

Habemus papam: pigeons supporting the new pope supporters

Title: Habemus Papam
Year:  2011
Director:    Nanni Moretti
Running time: 104 min.
Country: Italy

This film permits us to muse on the way of life of the pigeons in St. Peter's Square, a quite busy area (in term of pigeon activity) like the Piazza San Marco in Venice or Trafalgar Square, in London. Going back to the film, the cardinals are summoned to a conclave in Vatican city for electing a new pope. But this traditional process that has been followed for centuries takes a different path when the new elected pope is overwhelmed by the situation and feels reluctant to accept his duty. The film depicts how this situation is managed by the Vatican and the reasons of the Pope for rejecting his position.

This process produces great expectation and many people gather in St. Peter's Square waiting for receiving news about the events that are happening.

The Pope meets a therapist to analyze the source of the problem related to his withdraw decision
Some nuns are waiting with great expectation for news about the new Pope.
 Of course, there are pigeons around.

Alongside the people a group of pigeons roams around. A very kind support for the new Pope!

We can observe pigeons next to the people

Details of the pigeon starring 

  • Source: Habemus Papam. Starring moment: 0:39:44.
  • Pigeon activity: The typical urban pigeons activity: roaming around, looking for food or any other curious artifact.
  • Symbolism: None. They represent the typical pigeons in a city.
  • Relevance: None. As far as I know, they are not able to influence in the Pope's election.
  • Training level: None. They are not trained pigeons, but feral-urban ones.