Section: Polskie Horyzonty



Jan Komasa
Poland, 2019, 116 Min

The religious path can have many faces. In CORPUS CHRISTI, it takes the form of a young offender who dons a priestly garment. With his unorthodox view of Christian mission, he reconciles a divided village and sends a message of hope – yet nothing happens without victims ...

Daniel is serving a sentence in a young offenders institution. He occasionally assists a priest as an altar boy there. After his release on probation, he is supposed to go and work in a sawmill, but the conditions there are hardly better than in the juvenile prison. Daniel finds a place to stay in the parsonage of a neighbouring village where he pretends to be a servant of God. His host is the congregation's elderly alcoholic priest. When the priest has his next relapse, he is secretly sent off to rehab – and Daniel temporarily takes over his place. With his unorthodox view of Christian mission, he tries to proclaim God's message of love. Initially, he gives offence with these pronouncements, but Daniel's appeals for forgiveness and against double standards gradually start bearing fruit – until the Curia comes and takes the fake priest back to juvenile prison. The new film by Jan Komasa is impressive for the acting performance by the lead actor Bartosz Bielenia and a psychologically sophisticated dramaturgy with many twists and turns. Poland's submission for the 2020 “Foreign Oscar” sends a message of hope for a better tomorrow. KM

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Mateusz Pacewicz
Piotr Sobociński Jr
Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasinski, Tomasz Wieczorek
Przemysław Chruścielewski
Marek Zawierucha
Galperin Brothers
Bartosz Bielenia, Eliza Rycembel, Aleksandra Konieczna, Tomasz Ziętek, Leszek Lichota, Łukasz Simlat
Aneta Hickinbotham, Leszek Bodzak
Leszek Bodzak AURUM FILM ul. Resorowa 20 02–956 Warsaw, Poland +48 504 275 800
CANAL + POLSKA, WFS Walter Film Studio, Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund, Les Contes Modernes
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Jan Komasa

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ODE TO JOY (2005, FFC 2006)
SUICIDE ROOM (2011, FFC 2011)
MIASTO 44 (2014, FFC 2014)

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