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Casting Lucifer



Germany, 2011, HDCAM - Color - 96 min.

DIRECTED BY:
Helge Cramer

CAST:
Sahra H.

SCREENPLAY:
Helge Cramer

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Juergen Staiger, Stefan Urlass, Sandor Toth, Goetz Walther, Helge Cramer

EDITING:
Helge Cramer, Heide Breitel

MUSIC:
Hans Otte

SOUND:
Pascal Chavell, Joerg Troeger, Steffen Kober, Knut Ivo Schulz

PRODUCER:
Helge Cramer

PRODUCTION:
Martina Cramer

WORLD SALES:
Helge Cramer Filmproduktion

STORY DESCRIPTION:

“Demons are countless”, states the Vatican’s chief exorcist Don Gabriele Amorth: “Billions and billions of demons…” And he confirms that six of them settled inside the young Bavarian Student Anneliese Michel who died 1976 after nine months of exorcism. The drama of this case („Requiem“, „Exorcism of Emily Rose“) is still going on: While pilgrims adore the “possessed” Anneliese as the upcoming saint on the scene, and while the Pope himself demands new official exorcists for every diocese worldwide, the next young Bavarian woman starts her self sacrifice; after 23 exorcism sessions with a Bishop in Switzerland Sahra H. believes in her heavenly assignment to complete Anneliese’s mission. The film accompanies her to exorcisms behind cloister walls and witnesses her holy mission to show to the world that the devil really exists. Commenting the footage catholic theologians substantiate that Satan is nothing else but an age-old fabrication of the early Catholic Church. At the same time Anneliese’s exorcist is received in a private papal audience...A documentary about the absurdity of the bogey and about victims of the belief in his existence: Starring exorcising bishops and priests in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican-Exorcist Amorth and the devil himself taped live in action.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Author/director Helge Cramer filmed exclusive interviews with Anneliese Michel’s exorcists and her parents in 1976; his documentary revealed the Church scandal. Using his archive footage from 1976 and 1978 (Anneliese’s “resurrection”) he started the research for the documentary “Casting Lucifer”. Since 1975 when he was a TV reporter he has been making magazine reports and more than a hundred documentaries and feature reports for German public TV (ARD, Arte, Deutsche Welle a.o.); as well as documentary films and videos, educational films and more. Awarded documentaries about German political issues and about the Bosnian war (“The Amateurs and the General”, 2006).

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