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Sinner. Preacher. A mystery.
Director: Jan Komasa
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Film Info: 115 minutes, Poland, France, 2019, 16
Daniel is 20 and serving time in a young offenders’ institute, where he has found God and wants nothing more than to become a priest. But his violent past means that’s an impossibility.
Released on parole he is sent to a rural sawmill but makes a detour to the local church, where he is mistaken for a young novice. When the town’s priest falls ill Daniel, or Tomasz as he calls himself, steps in.
Bringing a vibrancy and charisma to the village, Daniel/Tomasz discovers an unexpected skill for pastoral care and begins to reach out to a local community, which has been recently traumatised by a terrible accident. Helping them forgive and heal, he finds his own path to redemption.
Venice Film Festival 2019
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019
Winner – Europa Cinemas Label, Venice Film Festival 2019
“★★★★ Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all.” – Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
“Bielenia captures a vivid sense of the emotions that Daniel experiences from the alertness of a trapped animal at the offenders institution to the euphoria that seems to surge through him after the delivery of a rousing sermon. His committed performance and Komasa’s assured storytelling convince us that God can work in mysterious ways.” – Allan Hunter, Screen International, Venice Film Festival 2019
Poland’s submission to the 92nd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film