Director: MAŁGORZATA SZUMOWSKA
102 minutes, Poland, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema
Małgorzata Szumowska’s (Elles) winner of the Teddy award at Berlin for best film with LGBT-related topics tells of Father Adam (Andrzej Chyra), a priest in a rural community. Working in a centre for young men and teenage boys with reform school backgrounds introduces him to Lukasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz). Troubled by and struggling with his attraction to the youth, Adam seeks comfort in alcohol. When a new arrival spreads rumours about Adam’s sexuality, disaster seems inevitable; however, rather than focusing on sexuality or paedophile priests, the film is instead a sensitive meditation on the universal need for love.
Showing as part of IFI & Kinopolis: 8th Polish Film Festival (November 5th – 9th).