It is the 16th century. The Catholic Church has expanded throughout the new continent, Nueva Espana. New monasteries are being built, but the missionaries' Holy cities are threatened by forces unknown: the earth shakes, buildings collapse, nothing is spared. The devout seek protection by strengthening their faith, some even willing to sacrifice themselves. One hundred years later, poverty forces young Angelica into God's service against her will. Rebellious, Angelica tries to escape into the outside world, closed behind the convent's doors, sealed by her vows. As punishment, Angelica is confined to her cell where she is haunted by the spirit of Sister Luciana. The ghost, a nun entombed one hundred years in the convent walls, compels Angelica to free her trapped soul. To release Luciana, Angelica must persuade the nuns to leave the convent and pray in the open, but to leave the cloister is expressly forbidden. Unable to convince her superiors that her visions are nothing more than ... Written by
5 December 2003 (USA)
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The original script title was "Cloisters". The title was changed during post-production. "Anima" means "Soul" in Latin. See more
The existence of this spirit will be tested. These burns are not enough to prove it. You will be questioned regarding many matters.
The Holy Office of the Inquisition.
What will become of me?
Please, save me. Take me away from here.
Produced at the AFI Conservatory in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts Degree or Certificate of Completion. Erika Grediaga, AFI Directing Fellow Ismael Ahmed, AFI Editing Fellow James W. Thompson Jr., AFI Production Design Fellow Jitsu Toyoda, AFI Cinematography Fellow José Carlos Mangual, AFI Producing Fellow See more