In 1973 William Friedkin directed The Exorcist and terrified the world.
He now moves from fiction to fact with his potentially more terrifying documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. What began as a brief conversation between Friedkin and Father Gabrielle Amorth (head Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome for over 30 years) as two professionals who knew of each other’s work became a unique opportunity when Father Amorth agreed to allow Friedkin to film an exorcism ritual. It would be the ninth such ceremony for a painfully afflicted woman already under Father Amorth’s care. Filmed by Friedkin alone, with no other crew allowed, no light other than the natural light in the room on a small digital camera.
Combining the startling footage with interviews from priests and psychologists, neurosurgeons and non-believers, Friedkin takes us on a journey between what we know and what we don’t yet understand with urbane, charming, and self-deprecatingly funny Father Amorth as our guide.
Opening in New York and Los Angeles On April 20th.