In the Name Of
»I thought the idea of love between a priest and a young man very interesting and decided straightaway that I would not make a film about sexual abuse or paedophilia. If I had done so, then people would have had to pass judgment on the character. However, I wanted to understand him and tackle the topic at a more tender and perceptive level rather than merely attacking Catholics, the church or the priests. I wanted a character that is credible and human. Everybody tries to talk about the lack of love, of loneliness, but that between a priest and a young man is much more dramatic because this love – and especially homosexual desire – is not allowed in the eyes of God.«
– Małgośka Szumowska
Adam, a Catholic priest who discovered his vocation only later in life, is appointed to a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems. This is a man’s world full of testosterone, rowdy youths who fight and yell, alcohol and other forbidden things. He declines the advances of a young woman named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam is homosexual and his decision to become a priest was also a flight from his own sexuality. When he meets the silent Łukasz, Adam’s self-imposed abstinence becomes an increasingly heavy burden. Confronted with his desires, Adam experiences moments of both bliss and deep despair. W Imié is a film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility perhaps of finding oneself after all.
Awards for ›W Imié‹:
Teddy Award, Bester Spielfilm, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2013
Małgorzata Szumowska now rates as one of the most prominent filmmakers in Poland. She has won numerous international awards, including the RWE Film Award 2013 in Dortmund, the Teddy Award for In the Name of… and the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for 33 Scenes from Life. Premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015, Body was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director.
Films by Małgorzata Szumowska (Selection)
W imie… 2013 | Elles 2011 | 33 szeny z zycia 2008 | Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc 2005 | Ono 2004 | Szczesliwy czlowiek 2000 | Cisza 1998