Holy moly! Komasa’s Corpus Christi chosen for Oscars

The Oscar committee descried Jan Komasa’s new film Corpus Christi as 'a universal, moving and provocative story about the spiritual transformation of man, a new look at faith in God.' Press materials

Polish film director Jan Komasa's latest film Corpus Christi, has been selected as Poland’s official entry for the US Academy Awards.

Put forward for the Best International Feature Film category, Poland’s Oscar committee said the film was “a universal, moving and provocative story about the spiritual transformation of man, a new look at faith in God. 

“This is a mature, wise film created by a young artist.”

The film tells the story of 20-year-old Daniel (played by Bartosz Bielenia) who, after leaving a correctional facility decides to impersonate a priest.Press materials

The announcement comes just days after the film's world premiere, on September 2, and triumph at the 76th Venice Film Festival where the Polish production received the Europa Cinemas Label award during festival’s Giornate degli Autori, or Venice Days, section last week. 

The film is the latest work of 37-year-old director Jan Komasa, best known for directing the films Suicide Room and Warsaw 44. His films have premiered and won awards at Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Rafał Guz/PAP

The jury said at the time that the Polish film "clearly presents the conflict between good and evil in today's society.”


Inspired by real-life events, the film tells the story of 20-year-old Daniel (played by Bartosz Bielenia) who, after leaving a correctional facility decides to impersonate a priest.

Actor Bartosz Bielenia is best known for his work in theatre. Leszczyński/PAP

In Poland, 'Corpus Christi' has qualified for competition at this year's 44th Polish Film Festival in the Baltic city of Gdynia (September 16-21). 

The film's North American premiere was held at this year's 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which opened on September 5.Press materials

The movie will have nationwide cinema release on October 11.

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Oscar awards on February 9