Polish actor wins top award at Stockholm film festival

On Friday, Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia received the Aluminium Horse award at the 30th Stockholm International Film Festival in the Best Actor category for his role in the film Corpus Christi (God’s Flesh).

In the film, directed by Jan Komasa, Bartosz Bielenia played a twenty-year-old Daniel, who, after leaving the youth detention centre is mistakenly taken as a priest and after that, consequently pretending to be one, begins to provide sacramental ministry in a small parish.

"Bartosz Bielenia enchanted the jury with his splendour and energy. He is an actor who is ready for anything. He managed to show the transition between weakness and strength, madness and holiness. All with a look that is hard to forget," reads the award justification.

In mid-September, the Oscar Awards Commission chaired by producer Ewa Puszczyńska announced that Corpus Christi is Poland's candidate for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.