“This is not fiction. It’s different from all the movies. And I was there to film it.”
On May 1, 2016, The Exorcist director William Friedkin was invited by Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican exorcist, to both witness and film an actual exorcism. Friedkin’s next film, The Devil and Father Amorth, is a documentary about his chilling experience.
In the doc, “Friedkin leads a tour that moves from the infamous Exorcist steps in Georgetown to Italy, where he meets with the 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, official exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, and accompanies Amorth on one of his harrowing house calls. A sprightly, at times gonzo-style, investigation into the long history of demonic lore, and a one-of-a-kind insight into the persistence of medieval belief in the supposedly modern world.”
Check out the official trailer below.
The doc has been acquired for theatrical release by The Orchard, with a worldwide digital release to follow an April 20 theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles.