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Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)
About the Film:
Corpus Christi, Boże Ciało, Poland, France, 2019, 116 min.
Directed by: Jan Komasa
Written by: Mateusz Pacewicz Principal Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Barbara Kurzaj, Tomasz Ziętek, Łukasz Simlat, Leszek Lichota, Zdzisław Wardejn
Twenty year-old Daniel with a troubled past is incarcerated in a brutal youth detention center. He has developed a deep religious faith and secretly dreams of becoming a priest. Once paroled, he arrives in a small-town parish and pulls off an unlikely feat, convincing the villagers that he’s a visiting priest. His evangelistic methods prove controversial among the inhabitants. However, with time, the teachings and charisma of the fake priest start making an impact on the community, scarred with grief after a tragic accident, whose repercussions have divided the town. Both Daniel and the villagers must come to conclusions that test their truth and their own faith. This extremely original project touches upon taboo subjects and brings up the question of social divisions and the complex spirituality of young people.
The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards.