Inspired by true events, Jan Komasa’s multi award-winning drama is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption, about a charismatic young ex-convict who fooled an entire Polish village by falsely posing as a priest.
Corpus Christi

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Director: Jan Komasa
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Eliza Rycembel, Aleksandra Konieczna, Tomasz Ziętek, Leszek Lichota, Łukasz Simlat
Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Poland

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Corpus Christi

“A knock-out. Expertly written, tautly directed and filled with twists and surprises, “Corpus Christi” is riveting right up to its closing frame. The thrilling narrative power of complex moral decisions is simply not to be denied.”
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Original and absorbing. What is true faith and what’s fakery is a question that runs through Komasa’s slow-burn drama, its dark intensity channeled in a dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance from talented young lead Bartosz Bielenia.”
David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Confident and thought-provoking. An engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement.”
Allan Hunter, SCREEN DAILY

★★★★
“Powerful… flawless storytelling, effortlessly played.”
Kevin Maher, THE TIMES

2020 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Intl. Feature
WINNER – 2020 PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor
WINNER – 2019 VENICE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL – Europa Cinemas Award
WINNER – 2019 CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor

Inspired by true events, Jan Komasa’s multi award-winning drama CORPUS CHRISTI is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption, about a charismatic young ex-convict who fooled an entire Polish village by falsely posing as a priest.

20-year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia, a major screen discovery) has found God whilst incarcerated in a youth detention centre, but his criminal record excludes him from entering the seminary. At the end of his sentence he is sent to a small town to take up a position in a woodworking factory, but thanks to a stolen collar is mistakenly taken as the parish’s new clergyman. It’s a seemingly God-given opportunity for transformation, and Daniel – whilst wholly unconventional in his approach (and after a shaky start) – takes to the pulpit with a fervour and compassion that his predecessor has clearly lacked.

Meanwhile, the arrival of this magnetic young preacher seems to be the spark needed for the town to acknowledge a recent tragedy that has affected the entire community, one that few have been able to speak about. But not everyone is open to his approach, and Daniel learns the hard way that following the road to salvation can also lead one astray…

Astutely navigating themes of faith, virtue and forgiveness, Komasa’s disciplined and unflinching direction is exponentially enhanced by the simply jaw-dropping lead performance from young Bielenia. Widely hailed by critics and audiences as the stand-out discovery of the 2019 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, CORPUS CHRISTI became a box office sensation in Poland, overtaking Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War by achieving over 1.35 million admissions. It demands – and deserves – equal international attention.


Corpus Christi

NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SCREENINGS
New Zealand International Film Festival
26 July to 1 August, 2020
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