Requiem (2006 film)

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Requiem
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid
Produced by Hans-Christian Schmid
Written by Bernd Lange
Starring Sandra Huller
Burghart Klaußner
Imogen Kogge
Anna Blomeier
Nicholas Reinke
Jens Harzer
Walter Schmidinger
Cinematography Bogumil Godfrejów
Editing by Bernd Schlegel
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Release dates 2 March 2006
Running time 93 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Requiem is a 2006 German drama film directed by Hans-Christian Schmid. It stars Sandra Hüller as a woman with epilepsy, Michaela Klingler, believed by members of her church and herself to be possessed. The film steers clear of special effects or dramatic music and instead presents documentary-style filmmaking, which focuses on Michaela's struggle to lead a normal life, trapped in a limbo which could either represent demonic possession or mental illness, focusing on the latter.

The film offers a medical condition (epilepsy) as the center of the affliction as opposed to demonic possession for the real-life events of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who was believed to have been possessed by six or more demons. These events also served as the basis of Scott Derrickson's 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

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