Directed by Jan Komasa, drama, 116 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Mateusz Pacewicz
With Bartosz Bielenia, Eliza Rycembel, Aleksandra Konieczna, Tomasz Ziętek, Leszek Lichota, Łukasz Simlat
Daniel, a young guy with a piercing gaze, is engrossed in his faith and rejoices in singing religious songs. As it happens, he is also serving a sentence in a gruesome juvenile correctional facility. Despite his grim past, Daniel's ultimate desire is be to become a priest after leaving the penitentiary. However, it is not permitted for former convicts to enter the seminary under Catholic law. When after his release Daniel arrives in a secluded village where he is supposed to work at a sawmill, his fate changes and he is given a chance to pursue his crazy plan, helping the villagers to heal their wounds after a recent tragedy.
Inspired by real-life events, the third feature by Jan Komasa (Suicide Room, Warsaw 44) is a moral story about the intricacies of faith and forgiveness, with a brilliant performance by Bartosz Bielenia. The film has freshly premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Toronto IFF 2019 (Official Selection)
Venice IFF 2019 (Giornate degli Autori)
Poland's entry for the Oscars