The Two Popes will star Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who goes on to become Pope Francis.

Bryce Dessner has scored the soundtrack for the new film directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God). Today he's shared one of the tracks, "Walls 2".

According to Pitchfork, Dessner said of the new soundtrack, "It was an absolute joy to work with such an incredible cast and team on The Two Popes. In particular I have always been a huge fan of director Fernando Mereilles and it was an honor to finally work directly on a film with him. His work is deeply musical and it was a wonderful journey to find the sound world for The Two Popes, which began with the intimate and incredible performances of Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. This was the first film I’ve worked on a score where I got to visit the set as they were shooting in Rome for a few days and began composing in the room with the actors and crew. The score has moments of more abstract minimal and layered orchestral music which I wrote for Benedict’s scenes, and then music inspired by Argentina folk music (in particular Mercedes Sosa and Dinu Saluzzi) for which I spent a lot of time composing for the classical guitar again."


  1. Bryce Dessner - Walls
  2. Mercedes Sosa - Cuando Tenga la Tierra
  3. Bryce Dessner - Dialogues
  4. Bryce Dessner - Vote Counting
  5. Bryce Dessner - Ratzinger Election
  6. Bryce Dessner - Garden Dialogues
  7. Bryce Dessner - Was It Something I Said
  8. Bryce Dessner - Shifting Gardens
  9. Bryce Dessner - Cathedral
  10. Bryce Dessner - Bergoglio’s Awakening
  11. Bryce Dessner - Siete de Abril
  12. Bryce Dessner - Dirty War
  13. Bryce Dessner - Taken Away and Tortured
  14. Bryce Dessner - They Took Esther
  15. Bryce Dessner - Another Bergoglio
  16. Bryce Dessner - Walls 2
  17. Bryce Dessner - Pope Francis
  18. Bryce Dessner - Sombras de Buenos Aires
  19. Dino Saluzzi - Minguito
  20. Tinariwen - Sastanàqqàm
  21. Ray Conniff & His Orchestra - Besame Mucho
Bryce Dessner's The Two Popes soundtrack arrives 6 December via Milan Records. The film will be released on Netflix in the UK on 20 December.