W imie… [In the Name of] (2013)

W imie
Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Writer: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert, Szczepan Twardoch
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat, Tomasz Schuchardt, Maria Maj, Kamil Adamowicz, Mateusz Gajko, Jakub Gentek, Daniel Swiderski
Seen on: 29.3.2021

Content Note: dubious consent, (critical treatment of) homomisia, antisemitism

Adam (Andrzej Chyra) is a priest in a small town. Together with the teacher Michal (Lukasz Simlat), he spends most of his time trying to reign in the delinquent boys and young men they have to take care of in a mix of foster care and detention center. But Adam also struggles with his own homosexuality. He hoped that turning to religion will give him some relief, but when he is faced with the troubled Lukasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), his usual methods of suppression start failing.

W imie… treads familiar ground with its story. It’s not badly made, but it wouldn’t have hurt to give the topic a fresher spin.

The film poster showing Adam (Andrzej Chyra) in priest's robes, a painting of a saint vaguely in the background.
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Demon (2015)

Director: Marcin Wrona
Writer: Marcin Wrona, Pawel Maslona
Cast: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt, Katarzyna Herman, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Cezary Kosinski
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.4.2016

Piotr (Itay Tiran) moved from London to Poland to marry Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska) and settle down with her. For that purpose, Zaneta’s father gave them an old farmhouse that has been in the family for a long time. It’s there that the wedding is supposed to take place as well. Piotr arrives a little earlier than everybody else, hoping to polish the old place up a bit. After he discovers bones buried in the backyard, things start to become weirder and weirder though.

Demon is very different in a very awesome way from what one usually gets when served up demon/possession movies. It’s atmospheric, engaging and makes you wish that more films would take the road less travelled when telling their stories.

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