Title: The Wonderful
of origin: USA
Brief synopsis in English:
acquiring the power to atone for the sins of others, a misfit young
woman strives to bear the torments of a world which has no faith in her.
time when the Church rules with an iron fist, CHRISTINA, a meek farm
girl who lives with her two older SISTERS, seeks to lead a godly life.
sisters are in debt and about to lose the farm. They strike a deal with
FATHER GODFREY, a greedy and worldly man. Godfrey promises to take care
of Christina, but he plans to give her to his henchman BRUNO, a pimp.
Christina flees to the forest where she stumbles upon a tryst between
Count LOUIS and his next intended conquest, LUTGARDE. She also meets
Louis’ impish manservant ORMOND and befriends TOMMY, a young urchin.
Lost, she wanders home just as Bruno arrives to carry her off to the
brothel. But God miraculously saves her… by striking her dead.
own funeral, Christina revives and demonstrates supernatural powers.
Godfrey, convinced that Christina is possessed, orders her locked up to
await the Inquisition.
Tommy's help, Christina escapes to the wilderness where CHRIST reveals
the reason for her miraculous return: God has blessed her with the
ability to feel pain but not suffer physical injury so that she can
relieve the anguish of souls in Purgatory.
hiding in the forest, Christina rescues Lutgarde from Louis' unwelcome
advances. Louis throws Christina into a dungeon and tortures her, but he
repents when she exposes Ormond as the DEVIL in disguise. Louis
undertakes many good works, including providing for Tommy’s education.
But Godfrey learns of Christina's whereabouts and demands that Louis
turn her over. He refuses and dies defending her.
sentences Christina to death for witchcraft. But even Godfrey himself
cannot doubt Christina's blessedness when God grants her request to take
upon herself half of Louis' purgatorial sufferings.
free, Christina returns to the wilderness where she tortures herself to
hasten the release of Louis and of other suffering souls from Purgatory.
After many years, her old friend Tommy, who has grown up and become a
priest, returns. He brings her to Saint Catherine’s convent to live out
her final days in comfort. There, after performing one final miracle,
Completed Date: 2016
screenplay is based
on “The Life of Saint Christina the Wonderful” by Thomas of Cantimpré
Awards and nominations:
Gold Award, Kolkata International Screenplay Competition 2017
Play Film Festival, December 2016
Bronze Award (Fantasy category), 2016 World Series of Screenwriting
Diamond Award (Feature Script), Mindfield Film Festival, February 2017
Best Unproduced Script Award, 2017 International Filmmaker Festival of
World Cinema London
Silver Winner, International Independent Film Awards, 2017
Feature Screenplay Competition,
Film Awards 2016
Best Technique, Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, Winter 2017