Catherine Hadwicke's The Nativity Story on Sunday became the first theatrical feature film ever to have its premiere in Vatican City. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen), suggested that she attempted to avoid some of the criticism that surrounded Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ. "There were some things he did that maybe were a little controversial," she told the wire service. "We wanted our film to be uniting and make the public see the similarities between religions instead of the differences." The film, which is being distributed by New Line Cinema, is set to open domestically on Dec. 1.