WARSAW: Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales announced that Film Movement acquired North American rights to Jan Komasa’s drama Corpus Christi. The film is Poland’s Oscar entry.
Corpus Christi had its international premiere in the Venice Days section of this year's Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Europa Cinemas Label award.
The deal was concluded with Film Movement’s President Michael Rosenberg at the MIA market in Rome, ahead of AFM.
Corpus Christi stars Bartosz Bielenia as a 20-year-old who experiences a spiritual transformation in a youth detention centre. Though his crime denies him the opportunity to officially learn to serve as clergy, he pursues his dream by dressing as a priest and ministering a small-town parish.
Corpus Christi has dominated the Polish box office since it opened on 11 October, with 488 admissions and some 2.5 m EUR in box office. It has been sold to over 35 countries to date, including France (Bodega), the UK and Ireland (Vertigo), France (Bodega), Australia and New Zealand (Palace), Spain (Surtsey), Norway (M Media), Lithuania (Kino Pavasaris), Benelux (Imagine) and Switzerland (Xenix).
Corpus Christi is based on a Script Pro winning project written by Mateusz Pacewicz. The film was produced by Aurum Film in coproduction with Canal+, WFS Walter Film Studio, the Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund and Les Contes Modernes with support from the Polish Film Institute..