Poland’s Oscar Entry ‘Corpus Christi’ Scores at Home and in International Markets

Variety | 12/7/2019 | Leo Barraclough
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Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi,” Poland’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category of the Academy Awards, has become an arthouse hit at the local box office. The film has also become an international sales success with the number of territories sold rising to 45.

The film, which world premiered as part of Venice Days and made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, has grossed 26 million PLN ($6.66 million) from 1.36 million admissions in Poland, making it the top arthouse drama of the year. The pic was in the top 10 for seven weeks, and is now in 11th place, playing on 60 screens.

Year - Pawel - Pawlikowski - Cold - War

Last year, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” grossed 17.3 million PLN ($4.48 million) from 931,000 admissions; after the film’s re-release following its three Oscar nominations its Polish gross rose to $4.87 million.

Only around three Polish films a year reach the 1.5 million admissions mark, but these tends to be comedies, action films and epic war movies.

Additions - Ranks - Film - Distributors - Arsenal

Among recent additions to the ranks of the film’s international distributors are Arsenal (Germany), Alto Media (South Korea), Just Wanted (Italy), Trianon (Greece), Bioparadis (Iceland), ART Corp (Belarus), Bad Unicorn (Romania), Kino Bize (Latvia), and Polyfilm (Austria). Film Movement holds North American rights, and is releasing the film on April 22. Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales is handling world rights.

The pic, with a production budget of $1.3 million, follows 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest, but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes...
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