Redemption and faith versus religion and hypocrisy

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Image Copyright: Aurum Films and Jan Komasa. Used with permission.

Corpus Christi is a film which is based on true events. The main character is 20-year-old Daniel, who after serving a sentence in a youth detention centre for a violent crime, must face his inner demons while searching for redemption. Running from the troubles that haunt him and hiding from his past by posing as a priest in a small Polish town, Daniel is clandestinely given the chance for spiritual transformation. Fake or true faith? Meanwhile, the arrival of this charismatic young preacher provides an opportunity for his divided flock to begin healing after a polarizing tragedy. But not everyone is capable of forgiveness or deliverance, and following the road to salvation can also lead one astray.

As his past sins catch up to his already heavy and burdened conscience, Daniel's intentions are murky and the haven of religion may prove to be more than just a spiritual escape. Set in a country with increasingly blurred lines between church and state, Corpus Christi calls dogma and prostrating into question as Daniel's real test of faith ultimately presents itself at a moment when he's not at the altar.

Jan Komasa and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Corpus Christi, redemption and the power of communities to reconcile and restore, the Polish Bible Belt, shame, guilt and forgiveness and healing through others. 

About the Director:

Jan Komasa is a Polish film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing the films Suicide Room and Warsaw 44. His films were premiered or won awards at Cannes Film Festival Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Komasa was born in Poznan, Greater Poland.  He graduated from National Film School in Łódz and currently teaches at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. His new film Suicide Room: The Hater is to be premiered in 2020.

With thanks to Dorota Lech @ TIFF

Image Copyright: Aurum Films and Jan Komasa. Used with permission.

F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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