IN THE NAME OF
A film by Malgoska Szumowska
Sunday, May 11 at 3:00pm at historic Potter Auditorium
“Outstanding performances! An atmosphere of danger and violence holds the whole film in thrall.” — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Magnetic! It’s a film to be admired.” – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioral problems.
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 meets Łukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam’s self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden.
Małgośka Szumowska’s 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. In the Name Of is a film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
WINNER – Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival
WINNER – Reader Jury of the “Siegessäule”, Berlin Int’l Film Festival
WINNER – Silver Lion, Gdynia Film Festival
WINNER – Best Director, Gdynia Film Festival
WINNER – Best Actor, Gdynia Film Festival
WINNER – Festival Favorite, Cinema Diverse (Palm Springs LGBT)
WINNER – Main Prize, Mix Milano Int’l Film Festival
WINNER – Best Film, Neisse Film Festival
WINNER – Best Actor (Andrzej Chyra), Neisse Film Festival Zittau
WINNER – Golden Angel Award (Malgoska Szumowska), Tofifest
2nd Sunday Cinema is brought to you by the library, Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre and the Chatfield Lions.
This monthly event is free, ages 17+ welcome, refreshments will be available for purchase.
Join us for award-winning foreign or independent films on the 2nd Sunday of each month!