by Jan Komasa
's Corpus Christi
is an enticing mix of the tragic and the funny - sometimes violent, sometimes highly emotional. It is driven by a truly striking central performance by Bartosz Bielenia
as the charismatic Daniel, a young offender who sees priesthood as a route out of his criminal ways. When he is sent out to work in a factory, he escapes to the local village and decides to pass himself off as a priest with a strangely positive impact on the rather bigoted community. The story represents very clearly the conflicts in society today and between good and evil. In addition, the film's clever choice of very contrasting music styles is especially effective in showing the tensions and conflicts within Daniel. A film to be seen by audiences across Europe, and we hope that winning the Europa Cinemas Label
will help this process."LION OF THE FUTURE "LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS" VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
You Will Die at 20 by Amjad Abu Alala
EDIPO RE INCLUSION AWARD
"For its surprising expressive power and its ability to seamlessly combine elements of tragedy and comedy. With a character who embodies that original coexistence - inevitable in all our lives - of guilt and redemption, good and evil, faith and simulation, deception and truth. The result rewards the courage and enthusiasm of a passionate assemblage of young talent."
THE 2019 VENICE DIFFERENT SMILE AWARD
"For knowing how to convey, with a ‘different smile', the idea that communicating means more than just expressing thoughts and feelings through verbal or written messages; but also through gestures, facial expressions, behaviors, and the universal language of music. And for showing that real acceptance and true integration are achieved through a journey consisting of acceptance, understanding and love. Stefano Cipani's first film, directed instinctively and effectively, as are the actors themselves, at the top of their game, has the merit of bringing to the public's attention a wonderful story of social integration that is edifying, worthwhile and commendable. It's a paean to diversity, experienced by the main character initially as a misfortune and then as a marvelous opportunity for self-enrichment and social integration."