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New Polish film tackles homosexuality in Catholic Church

Published on Feb 9, 2013 2:28 PM
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Director Malgoska Szumowska (centre) poses with actors Andrzej Chyra (left) and Mateusz Kosciukiewicz during a photocall to promote the movie In The Name Of at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on Feb 8, 2013. Szumowska tackles the controversial topic of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood in her film but she said her aim was not to deliver a political message. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Polish director Malgoska Szumowska tackles the controversial topic of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood in her film In The Name Of that had its world premiere on Friday but she said her aim was not to deliver a political message.

In The Name Of, the first of 19 competition entries to screen at this year's Berlin film festival, focuses on a priest's struggle with his sexuality while working with troubled youths in a deprived corner of rural Poland where drug and alcohol abuse are commonplace.

The film takes a swipe at the Catholic Church, which still wields huge influence in Poland, and Szumowska said she expects Polish conservatives to react negatively, but she said her main concern was to depict the loneliness of a priest's life.

"They (the Catholic Church) don't want to change anything. The church does not fit in with modern society," Szumowska told a news conference after the screening.

 
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