Corpus Christi

Directed by Jan Komasa

Poland | 2019 | 115 min


About the Film

"[I]t’s an understated, fierce masterpiece that deserves to be remembered as one of the finest films of 2019. A powerful, unforgettable and challenging film in its own way, Corpus Christi asks vital questions about the true meaning of redemption and belief." Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, The Blue Lenses

Inspired by true events, Corpus Christi tells the story of Daniel, a young man recently released from a Warsaw juvenile detention center. Daniel tries to attend a seminary but is rejected because of his violent background. Instead, he ends up impersonating a priest in a small town whose residents are dealing with the unresolved tensions created by a recent tragedy. Daniel seems to be doing his best to lead everyone from grief to forgiveness. But what will happen to him and the people of the town when his dark past catches up with him?

Film Trailer


  • Academy Awards, 2020, Nominee for Best International Feature Film
  • Venice Film Festival, 2019, Best Film
  • French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 2019, Critics Award, Best Foreign Film
  • Minsk International Film Festival, 2019, Special Jury Award and Audience Award, Best Feature Film; Best Director
  • Polish Film Festival, 2019, Best Director; Best Screenplay; Best Actor; Best Supporting Actress
  • CinÉast Film Festival, 2019, Special Jury Prize and Critic’s Prize
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2019, Best Actor
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2019, Best Actor
  • Stockholm International Film Festival, 2019, Best Actor
  • El Gouna Film Festival, 2019, Best Actor

About the Director

Born in 1981 in Poland, Jan Komasa grew up in a family of musicians and actors and became an actor himself at a young age. After witnessing the making of Schindler’s List, he decided to pursue film directing and graduated from the National Film School in Łódź. His debut short film, Nice To See You, came third in competition for the Cinéfondation Award (to support future international filmmakers) at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He gained further acclaim for his first two features, Suicide Room (2011) and Warsaw '44 (2014).

Additional Materials

Check out our review of the film on Letterboxd!

Listen to our Spotify playlist inspired by the film!

Listen to our podcast to go behind the scenes with the film's creators.


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