It was in 1953 when the name Clarita Villanueva has been the talk of the town because of an unusual headline—demonic possession. In different accounts, it was claimed that she was possessed by demonic spirits while she was in jail.
The story of 17-year-old Clarita Villanueva—the first reported demonic possession in Asia–is the inspiration behind Black Sheep’s latest movie offering, “Clarita”, which locally has a total gross of over Php 70-million as of June 27.
The film “Clarita” is inspired by the mystery behind the story on what occurred during Clarita’s (Jodi Sta. Maria) demonic possession and exorcism, where her faith and those of the people who tried to help her were tested because of the obstacles they had to overcome.
The film’s director Derick Cabrido studied the records of Villanueva’s case and found out that she was from the province and went to Manila to look for her father. She was then jailed, and although it was suspected that the possessions started even before that time, it became more haunting when she was already behind bars.
This is Jodi’s first foray to this genre, which she admitted really pushed her to her limits, especially since she chose to do all her scenes without a stunt double. “It was not easy, the process in making the film was not easy. But seeing the finished product, we can say it was rewarding,” said Jodi about making the film.
Also part of the film are Ricky Davao, Nonie Buencamino, Romnick Sarmenta, Arron Villaflor, and Alyssa Muhlach.
Can Clarita’s soul still be saved or will evil take over it? Uncover the mystery as “Clarita” screens in the following regions on these dates: starting on July 4 in the Middle East; July 14 in Paris, France; starting July 26 in the U.S.; July 28 in Dublin, Ireland; and August 4 in Oslo, Norway.
For the cinema list, visit mytfc.com/theaters, emea.kapamilya.com