The film “Corpus Christi” by Jan Komasa was nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
"This nomination is another proof of strength of the Polish culture and artists, whose works are being acknowledged by more and more people worldwide,” said Piotr Gliński, deputy PM and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
“I am glad that a Polish film has been nominated for the most prestigious movie industry award once again,” he added.
“Corpus Christi” tells the story of 20-year-old Daniel (played by Bartosz Bielenia), who, during his time in a youth detention facility, starts to dream about becoming a priest. After being conditionally released in order to start working at a sawmill, he instead avails himself of an opportunity to impersonate a village priest.
He befriends a local parish priest, who asks him to carry out pastoral care while he is away on sick leave.
“Corpus Christi” is the fourth Polish film nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film over the last decade, after “In Darkness” by Agnieszka Holland in 2011, “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski in 2014, and “Cold War” also by Mr Pawlikowski in 2018. So far, “Ida” is the sole Polish winner in that category.
The award ceremony will take place on February 9.