Jan Komasa’s 2020 Oscar-nominated drama is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption, about a charismatic young ex-convict who fools an entire Polish village by posing as a priest
20-year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) 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, takes to the pulpit with a fervour and compassion that his predecessor has clearly lacked. In a community affected by recent tragedy, 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 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 challenges audiences to think about the true meaning of redemption.
Cast & Team
Director Jan Komasa
Stars Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Contains strong violence, sex scenes and course language.
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