SELECTED: TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
NOMINATED: BEST FOREIGN FILM, ACADEMY AWARDS 2019
With 36 awards on the festival circuit, including an Oscar nomination, Polish director Jan Komasa’s third feature is inspired by real events.
Daniel (a magnetic Bartosz Bielenia) leaves a correctional center at age 20 after serving time for unnamed crimes. Having experienced a spiritual epiphany behind bars, he wants to pursue a career in the clergy, but is told that this is impossible because of his conviction. However, rather than reporting for his new job at a small-town sawmill, Daniel walks into the Catholic church, kneels down in a pew and begins praying. In no time, the same streetwise survival instincts that got him into trouble as a kid kick in and he ends up being the ""new priest'' who brings a certain relief to a town grieving a major tragedy.
Audacious and compelling, this moving drama ultimately raises intriguing questions about conscience and morality.