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‘Clarita,’ to compete at Catholic film festival in Vatican

“Clarita,” produced by ABS-CBN Films, Black Sheep, will be competing in a film festival at the Vatican!

Rhovin Maglaqui
Rhovin Maglaqui

11/13/2019 in News
‘Clarita,’ to compete at Catholic film festival in Vatican

The Jodi Sta. Maria-led blockbuster horror hit “Clarita” is now headed to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church!

Last Monday, November 11, Black Sheep, a production outfit under ABS-CBN Films, announced that the film will be competing at the upcoming 10th Mirabile Dictu - International Catholic Film Festival in Vatican City.

The movie was among the chosen entries to the festival’s main competition, and its director, Derick Cabrido, was nominated in the Best Director category.

The festival will run from November 25 until November 28.

“Clarita,” which premiered in the country last June, tackles the story of Clarita Villanueva, a Filipina teenager who gained worldwide attention during the 1950s after becoming a victim of demonic possessions while locked up in jail.

Jodi, who was praised for her performance in the movie, also did most of the challenging scenes without a stunt double and learned lines in various languages for her role.

Direk Derick also did in-depth research on Clarita’s case records to keep the story’s veracity. He also revealed that he needed to add sequences for cinematic and creative purposes to fill in certain gaps in her tale.

The film received critical acclaim and commercial success when it premiered in the country last June 12, earning more than P70 million in the box office.

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‘Clarita,’ kumita na ng higit P70M!