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Maleficarum (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | 31 October 2011 (Bolivia)
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.

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Jac Avila

Writer:

Jac Avila
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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | History | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Details

Country:

Bolivia

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 2011 (Bolivia) See more »

Filming Locations:

La Paz, Bolivia

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,303
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pachamama Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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A Historical Fiction Done Well
17 December 2011 | by Gerald1946See all my reviews

Maleficarum (2011) by Jac Avila is a good screen play by an independent Bolivian film company. It is a good historical fiction loosely based on María Francisca Ana de Castro, a Spanish immigrant to Alta Peru, who was renowned for her beauty and wealth. She was arrested and accused of "judaizing". After many days of Torture before confessing; She was burned at the stake in 1726. This event was a major spectacle in Lima, but it raised questions about possible irregular procedures and about the corruption within the Inquisition, this lead to the end of The Holy Office (The Inquisition) in Peru. The director, Jac Avila, and actors try to recreated the actual realistic suffering in great detail of what the victims of the Spanish Inquisition had to endure. The best was the director's use of the actors' facial and body language, it was very cerebral and visual at the same time. This viewer marveled at the simplicity of that movie and how it got its complex message across, the script and the story plot was very well thought out. The dialogs of the accusers and witnesses did well in showing the bias and superstitions of that time.


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