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A young woman struggles against the unholy forces that possess her in this terrifying occult thriller. After being stricken with stigmata, single mother Madaline (Kristen Ruhlin) is sent to a remote convent where nothing is what it seems and her friend August (Lily Newmark) is seemingly the only person she can trust. Together, they must confront the demons inside Madaline before she becomes the Antichrist.

“The cinematography by Igor Kropotov brings this world to the screen in a stunning way with images reminiscent of older Northern and Eastern European films. The work he does carefully frames the beautiful surroundings may it be outside or inside. Even in the modest parental house, he makes things look beautiful by framing them right. Adding to this is the production design by Marijana Dradecak and the art direction by Henrijs Deicmanis which when put together create a world that is both believable and natural as well as realistic and visually appealing. Everything on screen is carefully calculated and all elements are designed and thought out to fit perfectly in this vision of life and the supernatural.”

Director: Tommy Bertelsen
Written by: Kristen Ruhlin
Producers: Drew Cohen, Darren Goldberg, Cary Granat, Ed Jones, Serik Kushenov
Director of Photography: Igor Kropotov
Editor: Jordan Maltby
Production Design: Marijana Gradecak
1st AC: Denis Sorogins
Gaffer: Eduards Stefanovics
Key Grip: Viktors Besaraba

Shot on location in Latvia 2017


September 9, 2018


Feature, Narrative


Director of Photography, Igor Kropotov, Kristen Ruhlin, Latvia, Marijana Gradecak, Tommy Bertelsen, Welcome to Mercy, Welcome to Mercy Film