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January 15, 2020, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Film Movement invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

Corpus Christi

Directed by Jan Komasa
Written by Mateusz Pacewicz
Produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Cebula-Hickinbotham

Followed by a Q&A with Jan Komasa,
Moderated by Dr. Maria Zalewska, Ph.D.

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2020 Academy Awards!

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival 2019; Toronto International Film Festival 2019; AFI Fest 2019.

Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on Friday, February 28th, 2020.

About Corpus Christi

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 laborer. 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 behavior 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.

Provided courtesy of Film Movement. Not rated. Running time: 116 minutes. In Polish, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

JAN KOMASA (Director)

Jan Komasa is a Polish film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing the films 'Suicide Room' (2011), "Warsaw 44" (2014), and "Corpus Christi" (2019). His films premiered and won awards at Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. In 2019, Komasa's 'Corpus Christi" premiered at Venice Film Festival and won two awards: Europa Cinemas Label Award and Edipo Re Inclusion Award. The Polish Film Festival in Gdynia awarded Komasa's "Corpus Christi" with ten awards including the Best Director, the Best Screenplay, the Best Supporting Actress, the Audience Award, the Journalists Award, and the Elle Rising Star Award Bartosz Bielenia. In January 2020, 'Corpus Christi' received a nomination for the Best International Feature Film. His next feature film "Suicide Room: The Hater" is scheduled to premiere in 2020.

DR. MARIA ZALEWSKA, Ph.D. (Moderator)

Maria Zalewska is a media and memory scholar, as well as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in Cinema and Media at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her work focuses on the intersection of emerging visual technologies, media memory, and documentary film theory. Since 2015, she has served on the Peabody Awards screening committee (Documentary Film category) and organized "Visible Evidence XXVI" (international conference on documentary film and media). She has written on and worked for Holocaust educational institutions. She is the affiliate scholar of the USC Shoah Foundation and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. She serves as the Acting Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation and a senior advisor for the 'Faces of Auschwitz' digital project.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $14.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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