CORPO ESTRANEO Obce cialo – Foreign body

2014 – colore – 117’


Direction: Krzysztof Zanussi

Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi

Cinematography: Piotr Niemyjski

Editing: Milenia Fiedler

Set design: Joanna Macha

Music: Wojciech Kilar

Costumes: Katarzyna Lewinska

Cast: Riccardo Leonelli, Agnieszka Grochowska, Agata Buzek, Weronika Rosati, Ewa Krasnodebska, Slawomir Orzechowski

Producers: Irena Strzalkowska, Ilya Zakharov, Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wachala, Vincenzo Mosca, Paolo Maria Spina, Marina Tomniuk

Production: TOR Film Studio, Revolver Film, TVCO



Angelo and Kasia met in Italy in the Focolare Movement, where their love and faith in God brought them together. Their relationship is broken by the girl’s return to Poland and her decision to enter the convent. Angelo goes to Warsaw in order to persuade Kasia to change her mind. He takes up a job in an international corporation while waiting for her decision. The company is managed by ruthless and cynical Kris with the support of her assistant Mira. In this corporate reality Angelo is ridiculed and harassed for being a believer. Kris, using her power, plays with Angelo and wants to force him to break his moral principles and yet at the same time she is fascinated by his faith.



“The film, which is intended to be a psychological drama, gives an account of a clash of corporate cynicism with youthful idealism. The perversity of the story comes from the fact that the one persecuted is a young man, an Italian, who is a genuine Christian. On the other side stands a row of liberated women who outperform the men in their cynicism and brutality of conduct. The result of the clash is inconclusive – idealism falters, although it has its Lord, while cynicism cracks, even though it’s far from being converted.”


2014 Chicago IFF

2015 Polish FF