Italy / France 2016, 89 min, Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Father Cataldo gets up every morning and goes about his normal routine. In his small Sicilian church, dozens of believers await the elderly priest, begging him to exorcise their demons, literally. Exorcisms are an everyday occurrence here: Writhing ecstasy, rolling eyes and agonized shrieks are treated with holy water and bible verses by a small contingent of devoted priests, determined to free their flock from the evil spirits who enter “through the cracks in the soul”. This phenomenon, which seemed to have been relegated to the world of horror films, is alive and well—and Father Cataldo is just one soldier in a growing army of exorcists recruited by the Catholic Church all over the world.
Previous Festivals: Venice Film Festival
- Thu 11.05 16:00 Cinemateque 3
- Thu 18.05 16:45 Cinemateque 5 Filmmaker Present
- Fri 19.05 21:45 Cinemateque 1 Filmmaker Present
Production: Francesco Virga, Paolo Santoni
Production Company: Mir Cinematografica, Opéra Films
Script & Research: Federica Di Giacomo, Andrea Sanguigni
Editing: Aline Hervé, Edoardo Morabito
Cinematography: Regine De Lazzaris, Carlo Sisalli
Born in Laspezia, Federica taught documentary at Ied Milan and as part of the Masters program in Creative documentary at La Sapienza University Rome. With the script for “Liberami” (Libera Nos), written together with Andrea Sanguigni, she won the Solinas Award for the best documentary script in 2014.