Program 05: Your Will Be Done (So auf Erden)
Directed by Till Endemann
Johannes (Edgar Selge) and his wife Lydia (Franziska Walser) are good, Christian people. He’s the preacher at the evangelical church they run together; she handles administrative duties and helps write his sermons. They’re genuinely decent people, preaching the gospel and doing their best to do what’s right. The couple has earned the respect of their congregation, and thanks to their efforts the parish is on the verge of an expansion, with plans to build an elaborate new community center.
Out proselytizing one day, Johannes and Lydia encounter a street musician named Simon (Jannis Niewöhner). Both quite taken with his talent, they invite him to perform at their church, but he’s dismissive – clearly not the religious type. Then several nights later, they find Simon collapsed on the street, violently ill. He begs them not to take him to the hospital, so they decide to take him in temporarily. It’s only when he’s resting comfortably in their home that they realize he’s struggling with addiction. Together, the husband and wife decide the only truly Christian thing to do is to let him stay and help him get clean. But with Simon living under their roof, the attractive young man’s presence stirs something in Johannes that he’s never allowed himself to feel before. These long-repressed desires spur the preacher to a crisis of faith that could threaten everything he and his wife have spent their lives building together.
Your Will Be Done is a clear-eyed and honest portrait of religion and spirituality, reminding us that while faith can provide some of the answers we seek, it’s ultimately only when we’re honest with ourselves that we can truly be set free.
— Adam Lubitow
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUTshine Miami LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Filmfest München (Munich Int’l Film Festival)