"Corpus Christi" nominated for an Oscar!

“Corpus Christi”, a film directed by Jan Komasa and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received an Oscar® nomination in the International Feature Film category. Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on January 13, the winners will be announced on February 9, 2020.

Photo by Maria Jaśczak

Nomination for the Oscar® is another international success of the Jan Komasa’s film, which premiered at Venice International Film Festival. Since then the film was invited to the program of 60 festivals and has been sold to 45 territories including North America when it will be released on February 19th (Film Movement). Poland has been nominated for the second consecutive year. Last year Oscar® nomination in the same category went to Cold War (the film by Paweł Pawlikowski was nominated in three categories including best director and best cinematography – Łukasz Żal).

Oscar® nominees in the International Feature Film category:

  • “Corpus Christi”, directed by Jan Komasa (Poland);
  • “Les Misérables”, directed by Ladj Ly (France);
  • “Honeyland”, directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov (North Macedonia);
  • “Parasite”, directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea);
  • “Pain and Glory”, directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain).

Creative Producer Krzysztof Rak, producers Aneta Hickinbotham and Leszek Bodzak (Aurum Film) and Polish Film Institute General Director Radosław Śmigulski. Photo by Maria Jaśczak

The Polish Film Institute supported film production and a promotional campaign. Recently, there have been a number of shows for representatives of the Academy members, in which participated, among others film director and lead actor Bartosz Bielenia. In autumn, thanks to the efforts of the Polish Film Institute General Director, Polish production took part in Contenders – an event organized by Deadline magazine, one of the most important and prestigious events which begin the awards season in the United States. Participation in the event is an important part of any Oscar campaign. The film was also shown at the prestigious AFI Fest in Los Angeles. The event was attended by Jan Komasa and cinematographer Piotr Sobociński jr. Another prestigious event at which Jan Komasa’s film was shown was the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Jan Komasa took part in a special panel dedicated to international films that competed this year for an Oscar nomination. Together with the Deadline magazine, a film screening and panel was organized, in which the screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz and the actor Bartosz Bielenia took part.

The producers of the film “Corpus Christi” are Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham from Aurum Film, the international sales agent is Jan Naszewski from New Europe Film Sales. The Polish film distributor is Kino Świat.