‘Corpus Christi’ Nominated for an Oscar!
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Nominated for an Oscar!, A still from ‘Corpus Christi’, photo: Andrzej Wencel / Aurum Film, center, boze_cialo_2_kadr_.jpg
Jan Komasa’s film ‘Corpus Christi’ has found itself in the final five titles that will fight for an Oscar in the Best International Foreign Film category.
The final five includes Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov's Honeyland, as well as Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which for months has been considered the frontrunner.
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The winning film will be announced 9th February 2020, during the Motion Picture Academy’s prestigious gala.
Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało) by Jan Komasa - International Trailer
Jan Komasa’s newest film is a story about teenaged Daniel, who, after leaving the confines of juvie, masquerades as a priest in a small-town southern parish. Full of religious fervour, Daniel is guided by his deep faith as he becomes a spiritual leader to a community divided by a tragic accident.
In presenting this story, Komasa weaves a deeper tale about the way we create our own identities. He creates a portrait of a boy who builds himself from borrowed elements in an attempt to don a societally accepted mask.
His film is a true concert of brilliant acting. Especially in the case of Bartosz Bielenia, who brings to the screen a youthful energy, a hooligan’s charm and spiritual beauty. Bielenia, who has one of the most distinctive faces in Polish cinema, seduces and repulses the audience in turn. He manages to be absorbing and dangerous, moving and emotionally helpless in turn.
In 2019, Corpus Christi was a clear winner at the Gdynia Film Festival – scooping up awards for screenplay, directing and supporting actress Eliza Rycembel, whilst Bartosz Bielenia received festival-wide recognition for his performance.
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Corpus Christi is yet another Polish film that has made it to the final rounds of the prestigious American award. In 2012, Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness fought for the honour, whilst in 2015 Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida snagged the prize. Four years later, Pawlikowski once more found himself nominated – this time for Cold War, which lost out to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.
Will Corpus Christi take home the golden statuette? We’ll have to wait and see until 9th February!
Originally written in Polish by Bartosz Staszczyszyn, translated by AZ, Jan 2020
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