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.
Original title: BOŻE CIAŁO
Production country/ies: Poland, France
Duration: 116 min.
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
Main 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)
Casting: Konrad Bugaj
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.
About the director
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.