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Corpus Christi


Bartosz Bielenia. Photo: Film Movement

A young man (Bartosz Bielenia) is temporarily released from prison to work in a sawmill in a small town, but is mistaken for the new priest; a devout Catholic, he chooses not to tell the villagers the truth. It’s a classic movie dilemma: will our protagonist be exposed, and what happens in that case? It adds a certain amount of tension to this portrait of a man who committed a severe crime, but inspires the villagers in his new position; he’s also drawn into a conflict caused by an accident that put the entire community in mourning. Inspired by the 2010 Smolensk crash, the film addresses faith and absolution. Grim but touching, with a solid lead performance. 

2019-Poland-France. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Cebula-Hickinbotham. Directed by Jan Komasa. Screenplay: Mateusz Pacewicz. Cast: Bartosz Bielenia (Daniel), Aleksandra Konieczna (Lidia), Eliza Rycembel (Marta Sosinska), Leszek Lichota, Lukasz Simlat, Tomasz Zietek.

Trivia: Original title: Boze cialo

Last word: “I felt like with Bartosz, knowing his skills and seeing him evolving as an actor and knowing his spiritual side which is very deep and very much rooted – he reads a lot, he’s interested in religion […] – it helped me understand that he had the capability to create this character having this spiritual core. So we just needed to build around that core.” (Komasa, The Italian Rêve)

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