The Polish movie “Corpus Christi” directed by Jan Komasa did not win an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
The award went to the Korean film “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho which won a total of four awards: for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.
This was the first foreign movie to win an Academy Award for best film and the first time a Korean production achieved such an honour.
“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” was the fourth Polish film to be 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. “Ida” was the only Polish award in that category.