Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

Director
Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Main cast
Lucyna Winnicka; Mieczysław Voit; Anna Ciepielewska; Maria Chwalibóg; Kazimierz Fabisiak

Genres
Drama, Horror, Foreign

Description
A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.


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