Magazine article Screen International

Winterbottom to Direct Vatican Connection

Magazine article Screen International

Winterbottom to Direct Vatican Connection

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EXCLUSIVE: Film is based on the real-life story of the NYPD detetcive who first uncovered the Vatican Bank's links to the Mafia.

Michael Winterbottom is to direct The Vatican Connection about the real-life story of the NYPD detective who first uncovered the Vatican Bank's links to the Mafia in the 1970s.

Detective Joe Coffey was working undercover in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, tailing a vicious local mobster, when he stumbled upon information linking the Vatican Bank and the Mafia.

His global investigation - taking him from New York to Munich, London and Rome - revealed that Vatican Bank president Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, was working with the Mafia to hide losses incurred by the institution as it financed anti-Communist missions in central America. …

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