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2003 Taormina BNL FilmFest Diaries
Mob Blog - Day 3

by Philipp Hoschka

Taormina, June 9, 2003 - The British press corps was preparing to take copious notes during tonight's screening of "Conspiracy of Silence": The movie is set in Ireland, and handles issues caused by the celibacy dogma in the Catholic Church. A gay priest commits suicide, and a trainee priest is excluded from the priest seminary due to allegations of having a homosexual affair. A journalist finds out about these stories, and the Church tries to cover up them up.

Unfortunately, expectations of another "Magdalene Sisters" were disappointed. The movie is certainly well-intentioned. The problem is: it shows. Too often, it resembles the kind of "docu-drama" educational movies that are shown at high schools.

Programming "Conspiracy of Silence" at a festival in Catholic Sicily is, of course, daring. At the end of June, the movie will be shown in Rome, near the Vatican. It might spark a debate on celibacy there, and thus would have served its purpose. Be that as it may, the notebooks of the Britsh press remained pretty empty after the screening.

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