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TIFF TRAILER WATCH: Alex Gibney's Stylish, Haunting 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' Hits the Vatican Hard

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2012 at 1:37PM

Check out the haunting trailer for Alex Gibney's Vatican exposé "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," premiering at Toronto in September.
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Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God"
Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God"

Check out the haunting trailer for prolific documentarian Alex Gibney's Vatican exposé "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," premiering at Toronto in September.

"Silence in the House of God" follows the systematic cover-up of Catholic priest Lawrence C. Murphy's sexual predation at a deaf boys' school in the late 1970s and early '80s, revealed in NY Times journalist Laurie Goldstein's 2010 investigative piece on the hushed scandal, and the aftermath involving the highest ranks of Vatican officials.

Based on the trailer, the film looks stylish and unsettling, featuring shadowy shots of religious iconography and Errol Morris-style reenactments (also a staple of Gibney's Oscar-winning "Taxi To the Dark Side" and 2010 critical success "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer").

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, Alex Gibney, Alex Gibney, Toronto International Film Festival, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.