From Bartosz Konopka, the Academy Award®-nominated director of the 2010 documentary short Rabbit à la Berlin (Królik po berlinsku), comes the dark thriller SWORD OF GOD. In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with one another. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation.
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In addition to SWORD OF GOD, FILM MOVEMENT's VIRTUAL CINEMA is offering a slate of six additional award-winning films including Nordic thriller A WHITE, WHITE DAY from director Hlynur Palmason, Jan Komasa's Oscar®-nominee CORPUS CHRISTI, Diao Yinan's noir thriller, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE , Bertrand Bonello's genre mash-up ZOMBI CHILD and two digitally restored classics with L'INNOCENTE,Luchino Visconti's final film, and DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS, Bruno Barreto's 1976 sexy breakthrough comedy starring Sônia Braga.
SWORD OF GOD (2019)
Directed by: Bartosz Konopka
Written by: Bartosz Konopka, Przemyslaw Nowakowski, Anna Wydra
Cast: Krzysztof Pieczynski, Karol Bernacki, Wiktoria Gorodeckaja, Jacek Koman, Jan Bijvoet, Jeroen Perceval, Olivier De Sagazan
Produced by: Anna Wydra
Co-Produced by: Andzrej Bialas, Rafal Bubnicki, Jurgen Willocx
Director of Photography: Jacek Podgórski
RT: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Language: Polish with English Subtitles
ON MAY 1, 2020
"From the first frames, [Sword of God] declares itself as a stunning showcase of experiential horror.... There are clear inspirations from Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising at play, both thematically and visually. Every frame, shot, and sequence are exquisitely constructed, and the cast delivers spellbinding performances. Though the horror is steeped in realism, this is a horror film through and through."
-- Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting
"...enrapturing, beautiful, and deeply uncomfortable. One of the most fascinating works of Polish cinema, and horror in general, that I've had the pleasure to see this year and beyond."
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SWORD OF GOD Official Trailer