GDYNIA: Polish director Jan Komasa’s costume drama Corpus Christi will screen in the main competition of the 44th Gdynia Film Festival, running from 16 to 21 September 2019, after its international premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label and the Edipo Re Inclusive Awards in the Venice Days independent section.
Corpus Christi follows 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Centre. He wants to become a priest, but that 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 by chance takes over the local parish. “Corpus Christi is about the mystery of spiritual experiences, both in the sacred and the profane, partially drawing on a true story, at times difficult to believe. Although the main character feels a calling in the face of limitations imposed by formal structures, he finds it impossible to make any use of it. It is a tragic conflict of a reclusive and troubled community hiding a dark secret”, director Jan Komasa told FNE. Corpus Christi is based on a Script Pro winning project written by Mateusz Pacewicz. The film is produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham through Aurum Film with a budget of 1,223,776 EUR in coproduction with Canal+, WFS Walter Film Studio, the Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund, Les Contes Modernes. The film had its North-American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 5 September 2019. The film will open in Polish cinemas on 11 October 2019 and the distributor is Kino Świat.
New Europe Film Sales sold the film to Australia, Lithuania and Norway during the Venice IFF and will release it in the UK.
Coproducers:Canal+ (Poland)WFS Walter Film Studio (Poland)Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund (Poland)Les Contes Modernes (France)
Credits:Director: Jan KomasaScreenwriter : Mateusz PacewiczDoP: Piotr Sobociński jr.Music : Evgueni & Sacha GalperineProduction design : Marek ZawieruchaCostume design: Dorota RoqueploCast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Barbara Kurzaj, Tomasz Ziętek, Łukasz Simlat, Leszek Lichota, Zdzisław Wardejn