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W imie...

Runtime:
97 min.
Year of Production:
2013
Country:
Polen
Director:
Cast:
Andrzej Chyra
Mateusz Kosciukiewicz
Maja Ostaszewska
Production Company:
Mental Disorder
Berlinale Section:
Competition
Teddy Award:
Best Feature Film

Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at there latively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he eventually meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden. Malgoska Szumowska’s visually powerful film, charged with striking imagery from Christ’s Passion, dares to broach the still taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his ‘forbidden’ desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter despair. A film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.

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Interview with Malgoska Szumowska

BIOGRAFIE Malgoska Szumowska

One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She's been directing, writing and producing feature and documentary films. Her movies have received many awards, for example Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "33 Scenes from Life" or Teddy Award at the Berlinale for "In the Name of...". Both her first and second feature "Happy Man" and "Stranger" were nominated to the European Film Awards as Discoveries of the Year. "Elles" with Juliette Binoche was sold out to more than 40 countries and "In the Name of..." to 15 countries. In Poland, she's received the most important film awards. Her last feature "Body" premieres as a competition entry at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, where she received the Silver Bear for Best Director.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: PL

FILMOGRAFIE Malgoska Szumowska (selection)

2019 The Other Lamb  2015 Body  2013 W imie...  2008 33 Szenen aus dem Leben (as Malgosia Szumowska)  2004 Leben in mir 

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