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The documentary THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH sees renowned horror director William Friedkin follow a Catholic priest who performs the ninth exorcism on an Italian woman.

The Devil and Father Amorth sees Oscar winning director William Friedkin cover familiar ground as he investigates and documents the subject of exorcisms. The original Exorcist was based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty (who directed the third film in the Exorcist franchise) which in turn was based on the story of a young man named Roland Doe who had been exorcised in the 1940s.

Given the fact Friedkin‘s 1973 film The Exorcist spawned an entire subgenre of cinema surrounding the subject of exorcisms it seems fitting he still has an intense fascination with the subject this many years later. In The Devil and Father Amorth, Friedkin travels to Rome to witness an actual exorcism performed by the renowned Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth.


source: The Orchard

Once in Italy, Friedkin witnesses the ninth exorcism of a woman named Cristina. He also interviews a number of people who talk about the subject through the prism of either faith, science or both. In the trailer Friedkin states the exorcism he witnessed was nothing like what you see in the movies, which is ironic considering the fact he is largely responsible for establishing many of the cinematic cliches around the subject. Maybe his documentary can help fix some of the cliches going forward, this certainly would be a fitting return to his roots as a documentarian.

The Devil and Father Amorth is directed by William Friedkin. It was released in the U.S. on April 20th, 2018 with an as of yet unknown U.K. release date. For international release dates click here.

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