Gizmodo is reporting on the film entitled, The Devil and Father Amorth, which was directed by the same man who brought us The Exorcist, William Friedkin. It is scheduled for released in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on April 20, and will be released worldwide digitally on platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and more.
The idea for the film came about when Friedkin decided on a whim to contact Father Amorth. He knew that the heralded exorcist of Rome had a favorable opinion of The Exorcist and wondered if the two couldn’t meet. His timing could not have been more perfect. Father Amorth was in the process of sounding the alarm for more exorcists due to the increased dabbling in New Age and occult practices around the world and thought a credible film director like Friedken could help his cause.
The result was the filming of an actual exorcism of a woman named Cristina (a pseudonym) along with riveting interviews with doctors and theologians. The only stipulation was that Friedkin had to work without a full film crew.
“I had to shoot it alone, obviously. The conditions were that I come along with no crew and no lights," Friedkin said. "So I used a Sony still camera that shot high-definition video. I had only that camera running and I was about two feet away from them, probably even closer.”
What he saw – and captured on film – terrified him to the core.
Afterward, he consulted with some of the best neurologists and brain surgeons in the United States and none of them had any idea what was wrong with Cristina.
Father Amorth died just a few months later but his campaign for more exorcists continues with the release of this film.
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