The Battle with Satan
In 1998 John Paul II reinstated the medieval ritual of exorcism. Benedict XVI supports the banishing of demons. Pope Francis publicly prayed over the possessed in St. Peter’s Square. Today, masses of faithful are subjected to exorcisms on a worldwide scale. The number of priests who conduct the ritual is also increasing. Our protagonists - Karolina, Basia and Agnieszka – are facing serious difficulties in their lives. In order to regain ‘spiritual harmony’ they seek help from the exorcists. They are supported in their struggle with Satan by their families, spiritual teachers and medical professionals.
Konrad Szolajski (who previously directed ‘And God Created Sex…’ for HBO), patiently followed and observed the protagonists who believe that they’re possessed and need exorcisms. Szolajski’s new film is not only a story of three women and their battle with Demons, but also an investigation of spirituality in contemporary times. The documentary explores various viewpoints regarding the phenomena of exorcisms- it includes contributions from Catholic priests, psychiatrists, psychologists, and historians of religion. Szolajski does not judge or attempts to scare the audience; instead he calmly shows the protagonist’s struggle with Evil. Throughout the film the protagonists are portrayed with a great deal of sympathy and understanding.
The film has gained a prestigious grant from Tribeca Film Institute as well as financial support from Creative Europe – MEDIA European Union programme.
Written and directed by: Konrad Szołajski
Camera: Michał Ślusarczyk
Editing: Paweł Kowalik
Music composed by: Adam Walicki
Length: 75’, 58', 50'
Producer: Małgorzata Prociak, Konrad Szołajski - ZK STUDIO, HBO Europe
in association with SVT, DR, TG4, TFI Documentary Fund
With the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union
A Polish Film Institute Co-financed Production