Radegund tells the story of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

A new film about the Catholic martyr Blessed Franz Jägerstätter is attracting “large” interest from distributors, according to film industry sources.

Variety magazine reports that Radegund, directed by Terrence Malick, has been sold to UGC France, one of the country’s largest distributors, and that it could be released this year. Variety describes this as a “key” sale, adding that “buyer interest appears large”.

The film will be released this year or next.

Malick, a cult filmmaker known for Tree of Life and The Thin Red Line, has been praised for his “profoundly Christian vision”. But this is his first film to deal so explicitly with religious themes.

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter was a Catholic farmer in Austria. He felt it was impossible to be “both a Nazi and a Catholic”. When conscripted into the army, he refused to fight, and asked to serve as a paramedic. He was imprisoned and then beheaded.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Blessed Franz in 2007. The martyr’s beloved wife Franziska, who had helped him to live out his faith, was present at the ceremony.