Corpus Christi

Directed by Jan Komasa
Film Movement
116 Minutes
Not Rated

Corpus Christi is the story of a 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center. 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 & Cast




  • "Jan Komasa’s CORPUS CHRISTI is a stunning Polish feature which has made waves at Venice and deserves further global recognition. Poland may have quite the strong Oscar contender with this film which shares the elegance, complexity and layered narrative approach as Oscar favorites THE HUNT (Denmark) and LOVELESS (Russia). A story that packs an emotional punch while offering fresh themes and interesting perspectives on religion and faith, this is a striking feature that is impressive in every sense of the word and one of the year’s best directed films – foreign or otherwise."
    Mina Takla, AwardsWatch
  • "Original and absorbing. What is true faith and what's fakery is a question that runs through Polish director Jan Komasa's slow-burn drama Corpus Christi, its dark intensity channeled in a dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance from talented young lead Bartosz Bielenia. "
    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "[A]n engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement. "
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • "Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all. Piotr Sobociński’s blue-toned cinematography enhances the rapturous air and enhances a smartly written, unsettling work of realism."
    Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
  • "It's flawless storytelling, effortlessly played and with a rousing, if bloody, conclusion."
    Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)
  • "An intelligent and provocative film which alternately charms and unsettles, Corpus Christi is Poland's entry for the 2020 Best Foreign Language Oscar. It's a small torn drama with much bigger connotations and it thoroughly deserves its place on the world stage."
    Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
  • "The film works in spite of a familiar redemption arc due to Bartosz Bielenia’s fantastic performance. The young actor manages to endows the character with both a nervous violent surge and a wise, empathetic human. His piercing eyes and features reminiscent someone whose faith in humanity and all its emotions have the power to change."
    Shikhar Verma, High on Films
  • "Bielenia delivers a fantastic performance...."
    Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
  • "Corpus Christi gets a lot of mileage out of its central hidden-identity conceit to suspenseful and generally intriguing results."
    Beatrice Loayza, Cinema Scope
  • "Shot in icy blues, greens, and greys, this is a harsh, sad world with no happy endings in sight. Yet Komasa finds much humour in this premise, creating a wise satire of not just the church but the way people use their beliefs to justify their own bad behaviour...."
    Alex Heeney, Seventh Row

Now Playing

3 Rivers Film Festival Pittsburgh PA November 8, 2019 November 23, 2019
Polish Film Festival in America - Chicago Chicago IL November 9, 2019 November 24, 2019
AFI Fest Los Angeles CA November 14, 2019 November 21, 2019
South Bay Film Society Torrance CA January 8, 2020 January 8, 2020
Film Forum New York NY April 22, 2020 May 6, 2020