The Magdalene Sisters, the controversial winner of the top prize at the Venice International Film Festival over the weekend, has been picked up by Miramax Films for distribution in the United States.

The movie, which depicts cruelty and abuse in a Catholic convent in 1964, was condemned by the Vatican as an "angry and rancorous provocation that misrepresented the Church." 

"To say that my movie is a scandal is absurd," the director, Peter Mullan, responded. "I just wanted to expose one of the great injustices of the second half of the 20th century."

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