Element Pictures Distribution have announced that they have secured the rights to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room) next feature. The deal was negotiated by Content, international sales agent for the film.
HBO Documentary Films and Jigsaw’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.
Hailed by the critics at the recent Toronto International Film Festival Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God features the voices of Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery and will be released in Irish cinemas Spring 2013.
Director Alex Gibney is delighted with the news that “ my film is to get a theatrical release in Ireland so that Irish audiences have an opportunity to see the film on the big screen. Elements of this story are sadly all too familiar to an Irish audience, but in tracing the lines of responsibility and knowledge of the systematic abuse of deaf kids in Milwaukee over a forty year period by Father Lawrence Murphy, direct to the highest echelons of the Vatican, we have brought a new and disturbing dimension to this story. I look forward to coming to Ireland next year when the film is released and having the opportunity to present my film, and discuss the issues it raises.”
Speaking on EPD’s most recent acquisition, Andrew Lowe, director of Element Pictures commented that “We are really pleased to have acquired the Irish distribution rights to Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Alex Gibney’s powerful new documentary which is a searing indictment of the Vatican’s failure to adequately deal with the universal problem of clerical child abuse. We are looking forward to giving Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God a theatrical release in Ireland early next year and giving Irish audiences an opportunity to make up their own minds on the issues it raises.”
Sheila Nevins is executive producer and Sara Bernstein is supervising producer for HBO Documentary Films; other executive producers are Lori Singer and Jessica Kingdon. The film is produced by Alex Gibney, Todd Wider, Jedd Wider, Alexandra Johnes and Kristen Vaurio through Jigsaw Productions, in association with Wider Film Projects. Below The Radar is the Irish co-producer with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.