The first in a series of screenings and talks exploring gems
of Polish cinema, hosted by Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke. We screen the
film at Watermans’ cinema and then Michael hosts an online talk and discussion
the following evening where you can come and hear more about the film, and
share your own thoughts. The film is charged at usual Watermans’ ticket prices,
and the online discussion is free. But please make sure you book tickets for
The first film up for discussion is the award-winning Corpus
Christi. Nominated for an Oscar, it is a Polish drama about a young offender
pretending to be a priest in a small town.
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime,
20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual
labourer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher
calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires
to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him.
When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the
town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has
no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time,
his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behaviour raise suspicions among some
of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the
community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.
How It Works
Book your tickets to watch the film Corpus Christi in our
cinema and book a ticket to join the film talk if you would like to. Both can
be found in the ‘Book Now’ link on this page.
PLEASE NOTE WE WILL
NOT BE SHOWING THE FILM AT THE DISCUSSION ON WED 18 NOV, SO YOU NEED TO WATCH
IT THE DAY BEFORE ON TUES 17 NOV, 7PM IN OUR CINEMA.
Don't worry if you're no Zoom expert: it's very simple. We
will send you a link by 5pm on the day of the event, and our friendly box office
team will be available from 7.30pm to help you get online if you have any
problem at all.
About Michael Brooke
Michel Brook will host the online talk. Michael is a
freelance writer specialising in central/Eastern European cinema. He regularly
hosts talks for the Polish Cultural Institute as well as being a contributor to
the book Polish Cinema Now! (2010).