Posted by Valentina Valentini on August 3, 2012 at 11:08 am
I think it’s safe to say that Alex Gibney doesn’t like the sidelines when it comes to controversy. The Oscar-winning documentary producer and director started pushing the envelope with his 2005 Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, but had begun his filmmaking career in the 1980s.
His desire seems to lie in revealing to the world the truths of ‘bad guys’ like Enron or the U.S. Military in his Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), but also in showing us iconic figures that affect our cultural fabric, like in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) or Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer (2010).
His latest endeavor might be his boldest to date. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a deep and devastating look into the Catholic Church and their continued practice of concealing pedophilia and sexual abuse. Taking on one of the most (the most?) powerful organizations in the world might make Gibney a few enemies, but nothing he can’t throw into the pile of crooked politicians, leaders, men and women he’s made movies about before.
Silence in the House of God is about a pedophile priest who allegedly abused over 200 deaf boys at the St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin. (Yes. Not only were these boys being harmed physically and emotionally, they were deaf as well, which some may say is alone a plight in this harsh world.)
Through dramatic reenactments, (since I can only assume that is why John Slattery and Chris Cooper are listed as cast), and the testimony of some of the victims who were sexually assaulted by Father Lawrence Murphy at the school between 1950 and 1974, we’ll be thrown into the secret and sordid world of ‘The Church.’ The film also claims that Pope Benedict XVI, then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was aware of the sexual abuse complaints against Murphy.
The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, with a wider release later in the year.
Link here for the newly released TRAILER.