Uncork’d Entertainment has announced an October 6 theatrical release for the acclaimed documentary “Deliver Us” (Libera Nos) from director Federica Di Giacomo.
In a recent interview, Di Giacomo said the expose on exorcisms has “a kind of atmosphere…as if we are in Sicily a long time ago. But the phenomenon (of possession and exorcism) is really contemporary. The film is about the future more than the past. This is a growing phenomenon, and it is something that is becoming bigger.”
Exorcism is still a fact of contemporary life. Every year, more and more people claim that their illnesses are caused by demonic possession. Father Cataldo is a veteran, one of the most sought-after exorcists in Sicily. Every Tuesday, many believers follow his mass of liberation, searching for a cure for some adversity for which there does not seem to be a label or a remedy. The Catholic Church reacts to this crisis by nominating priests as exorcists in increasing numbers and by organizing training courses for them. In order to respond to the rising number of requests for deliverance from evil, all French dioceses have installed at least one exorcist. In Spain, the archdiocese of Madrid is desperately trying to fill seven additional positions. In Rome and Milan alone, the number of exorcists has grown from six to 12, and the Church has set up an emergency call center.
In the aforesaid interview, Di Giacomo said she “chose to do a documentary because everything we know about the subject is monopolised by fiction, from Friedkin, and the other films, after The Exorcist.”
“Deliver Us” is released 10/6 in select theaters.
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