Corpus Christi: Jan Komasa’s Feature is Poland’s Entry for Oscar 2020

Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi, which screened at the 2019 Toronto Film Fest, was selected by Poland to be its official entry in the Best International Feature Film Oscar.

The film, which world premiered as part of Venice Days, follows 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest, but this is impossible because of his criminal record.

When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic “preacher” is an opportunity for the community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.

The film is produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham for Aurum Film. The co-producers are Canal Plus Polska, Walter Film Studio, Podkarpackie Film Commission and Les Contes Modernes. The Polish Film Institute and CNC provided support. New Europe Film Sales is handling world rights.

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