April 24, 2005 |
As the shadows lengthened, a woman stepped to the lectern at the front of the vast modern basilica and led the sparse congregation in the "Hail Mary" prayer that precedes the evening Mass. Outside, half a dozen boys jogged onto the playing field behind the Church of San Giovanni Bosco and joined a pickup game of soccer. A couple of older boys lounged at makeshift tables drinking beer. A few girls in skimpy shorts and knee guards did volleyball drills.
September 7, 2002 |
Peter Mullan, the Scottish director, screenwriter and actor, is someone who doesn't shy away from controversy. So he knew that criticizing the Catholic Church in Italy, of all countries, would attract enormous attention. So it has turned out. Mullan has attended the 59th Venice International Film Festival, where his feature "The Magdalene Sisters," which he wrote and directed, was in competition.