Directed by auteur Malgoska Szumowska (ELLES) and winner of this year’s Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, IN THE NAME OF is a gripping and controversial look at sexuality in the church, steeped in religious symbolism resonating with current issues in today’s society.
Father Adam takes over a small parish in the middle of nowhere. He organises a community centre for boys with troubled past. His energy is appreciated, the locals accept him as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to him, feeding off of his vitality and power, but no one knows he harbors his own secret. After meeting an eccentric and silent young man, a local pariah, Father Adams is forced to confront a long forgotten burden and passion. As the villagers’ worst suspicions are validated, Father Adam becomes an obvious enemy.
Certificate: 15 Distributor: Peccadillo Pictures
Dir. Malgorzata Szumowska, Poland, 2013, 102 mins, Polish
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lukasz Simlat