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Maleficarum (2011)

Maria Francisca, a wealthy young heiress and her friend Mariana De Castro, a young protestant widow, are accused of witchcraft and taken before the Spanish Inquisition of Lima, Peru.


Jac Avila


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Credited cast:
Amy Hesketh ... Mariana De Castro
Mila Joya Mila Joya ... Francisca de la Cruz
Roberto Lopez Roberto Lopez ... Fr. Francisco Verdugo
Alejandro Loayza Alejandro Loayza ... Capellan Rodrigo de Palomares
Eric Calancha Eric Calancha ... Torturer
Erix Antoine Erix Antoine ... Su Excelencia (as Erik Antoine)
Maria Esther Arteaga Maria Esther Arteaga ... Josefa
Omar Aldayuz Omar Aldayuz ... Fiscal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Alcon Gina Alcon ... Mayor de Luna
Vanessa Calvimontes Vanessa Calvimontes ... Isabel Petrona
Barbara Dorado Barbara Dorado ... Maria de las Nieves
Massiel Dorado Massiel Dorado ... Luisa de Castellón
Ariel Enriquez Ariel Enriquez ... Tomás de la Puente Bearne
Sergio Fernandez Sergio Fernandez ... Tomás de Araujo
Andrea Galvarro Andrea Galvarro ... Friend


Maria Francisca, a wealthy young heiress and her friend Mariana De Castro, a young protestant widow, are accused of witchcraft and taken before the Inquisition. Maleficarum is the story of Francisca, a wealthy orphan and Mariana, her widowed protestant friend, who live surrounded by a town in which they are the center of hostile gossip. Francisco Verdugo, the Inquisitor, has his own ambitions. He has his greedy eyes on the orphan heiress's properties, but he needs a pretext. A confrontation in the street among a group of girls gives him the perfect excuse to arrest Mariana and Francisca and enchain them in the horror chambers of the Inquisition, leading them to a frightful end as they are convicted of witchcraft. Written by Jac Avila

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A story of the horrors of the Inquisition.


Drama | History | Horror


Not Rated

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Release Date:

31 October 2011 (Bolivia) See more »

Filming Locations:

La Paz, Bolivia


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$105,000 (estimated)
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Pachamama Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Inquisition standard in Lima, Peru, around 1700, probably a true story, made like a documentary.
11 May 2015 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a very remarkable film for its total restraint in depicting a story of extreme outrage. It brings associations directly to the Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer and his films, especially "The Day of Wrath" 1943, but maybe more specifically to "The Passion of Jeanne d'Arc", since this is also a close-up of the martyrdom of woman, in this instance even doubly so, since there are two. The story in itself is the ghastliest possible, the two young ladies prosecuted by the inquisition for forbidden love being tortured one by one while the other one is forced to look on in increasingly accelerating cruelty to extract a forced confession of witchery. When the confession finally is accomplished, they are subjected to no less severe punishment none the less in a total judicial murder, just because of the greed of the church to obtain the property of the one young ladý who from her parents has inherited the greatest fortune in Peru - this is somewhere around 1700. The film is accompanied all through by the most intimately pleasing chamber music, mainly guitar, which enhances the grotesqueness of the terror proceedings even more.

The director Jac Avila from Bolivia is also the writer and the producer of the film, and it is definitely a masterpiece, with the vital contribution of Amy Hesketh as the main victim - her acting is quite comparable with Maria Falconetti's in "The Passion of Jeanne d'Arc". Still, the torture scenes, that never cease to get worse and seem more endless each time, must make this film unbearable to many, and it's impossible for anyone, I think, not to look away more often than not. A masterpiece of a genius making a deep and lasting impression - an unforgettable film, that however you would not like to see again. The impression is too strong not to leave you almost as branded as the victims.

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