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FILM OPENS: March 13, 2020

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After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.

  • Director: Jan Komasa
  • Country: Poland
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2020
  • Run Time: 01:55:00
  • imdb Score: 7.7/10 (3,160 votes)
  • Language: Polish
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  • Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek
"The film is an important one, but above all, it is an exceptionally pleasing and easy one to watch despite its density. This is partly due to Bartosz’s fantastic performance showing great acting range by going through a whole spectrum of emotions very convincingly and subtly."

"Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all."
Leslie Felperin - THE GUARDIAN

"Bielenia captures a vivid sense of the emotions that Daniel experiences from the alertness of a trapped animal at the offenders institution to the euphoria that seems to surge through him after the delivery of a rousing sermon. His committed performance and Komasa’s assured storytelling convince us that God can work in mysterious ways."
Allan Hunter - SCREEN DAILY


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Best International Feature Film

Venice Film Festival 2019
Best Film

Stockholm Film Festival 2019
Best Actor

Tofifest - International Film Festival 2019
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Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival 2019
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Polish Film Festival in America 2019
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Polish Film Festival 2019
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Minsk Int'l Film Festival 2019
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French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2019
Best Foreign Film

Festival Int'l du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux 2019
Best Actor

El Gouna Film Festival 2019
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Toronto Polish Film Festival 2019
Best Film and Actor

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2019
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Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards 2019
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CinEast 2019
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Festival Int'l du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux 2019

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