Film Movement is bringing a new existential drama to American audiences Tuesday.
The independent film studio is scheduled to release the Polish import Corpus Christi June 23 separately on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. The movie focuses on an ex-con who masquerades as a priest in a small village after serving a 20-year sentence in prison for committing a violent crime.
The convict, Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia — Ondine, The High Frontier, I Am Lying Now) pretends to be a priest after having found Christ during his time behind bars. That change in life led him to aspire to serve in the clergy, which is why he pretends to be a priest. The problem is that as an ex-conv, Daniel’s chances of becoming an ordained priest are next to zero.
As time passes, Daniel’s behavior leads some of the people in the town where he serves as a priest to become suspicious of him. Now it is up to Daniel to come to a decision that could change his life all over again. The movie’s trailer is streaming here.
Corpus Christi made its international debut Sept. 2, 2018 at the Venice Film Festival and U.S. premiere Oct. 23, 2019 at the Chicago International Film Festival. The movie received various accolades, including a nomination for Best International Film at the 2020 Oscars ceremony and named an official selection of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It also received a Tomato Meter score of 97% through rottentomatoes.com.
The movie’s full list of accolades is noted below.
Nominated – Best International Feature Film – Academy Awards
Winner – Young Cineastes Award – Palm Springs Int’l. Film Festival
Winner – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor in an Int’l. Feature Film – Palm Springs Int’l. Film Festival
Winner – Edipo Re Award – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Winner – Label Europa Cinemas – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Winner – Eleven Awards including Best Film – Polish Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Chicago Int’l. FIlm Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Stockholm Film Festival
Nominated – Fedeora Award – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Int’l. Film Festival
Official Selection – Busan Film Festival
Official Selection – AFI Fest —
The forthcoming domestic home release of Corpus Christi features a bonus making of featurette and bonus short film, titled Nice To See You as extras. The short film, directed by Corpus Christi director Jan Komasa, focuses on the relationship between a college student and her father when he unexpectedly shows up asking his daughter to move back home with him.
Corpus Chrsti will retail for MSRP of $34.95 on Blu-ray and $24.95 on DVD.
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