Poland, France


CORPUS CHRISTI is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention centre. He wants to become a priest but this 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 accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.

Director's Statement

CORPUS CHRISTI is about the mystery of spiritual experiences, both in the sacred and the profane, partially drawing from 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 clashed with a tragedy of a reclusive and troubled community hiding a dark secret.

Director's Biography

Polish director Jan Komasa studied Directing at the Łódź Film School. His short film NICE TO SEE YOU world-premiered in Cannes Cinefondation competition, where it got the 3rd prize. His feature film debut, SUICIDE ROOM, premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and attracted over 800.000 viewers in Polish cinemas. His second film, war blockbuster WARSAW '44, sold over 1.8 mio. tickets. CORPUS CHRISTI is his third feature film.

2020 HATER
2014 WARSAW '44

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jan Komasa

Written by: Mateusz Pacewicz

Produced by: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham

Cinematography: Piotr Sobocinski Jr

Editing: Przemyslaw Chruscielewski

Production Design: Marek Zawierucha

Costume Design: Dorota Roqueplo

Make-Up & Hair: Aneta Brzozowska

Original Score: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine

Sound: Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasinski, Tomasz Wieczorek

Casting: Konrad Bugaj

Cast: Bartosz Bielenia (Daniel), Aleksandra Konieczna (Church lady), Eliza Rycembel (Marta), Tomasz Zietek (Pinczer), Leszek Lichota (Walkiewicz - the mayor), Łukasz Simlat (Father Tomasz), Barbara Kurzaj (widow)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Screenwriter 2020
  • European Actor 2020
  • European Director 2020
  • European Film 2020
  • European University Film Award 2020
  • LUX Audience Award 2021
  • Feature Film Selection 2020