MUG / Twarz

7pm, Friday, 19th October,  Classic Cinema 5, Elsternwick

 2018 / Poland / 91 min / In Polish with English subtitles

Directed by: Małgorzata Szumowska
Written by: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
Director of Photography: Michał Englert
Cast: Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk, Dariusz Chojnacki, Robert Talarczyk, Anna Tomaszewska, Martyna Krzysztofik


*** WINNER – 2018 BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize ***

Jacek loves heavy metal and his dog. He converts the country lanes outside his door into a racing track and bombs down them in his little car. When he and his girlfriend Dagmara take to the dance floor, everyone runs for cover. He enjoys his existence as a cool misfit in an otherwise stuffy environment, and keeps his muscles toned working on a building site close to the Polish-German border where the world’s largest statue of Jesus is being constructed. But then his life is thrown badly off course by a terrible accident at work that completely disfigures him. Eagerly followed by the Polish media, Jacek becomes the first person in the country to receive a face transplant. He may be celebrated as a national hero and martyr, but he no longer recognises himself in the mirror. Meanwhile, the statue of Jesus grows taller and taller.

"Mug is a metaphor for what is currently going on in Poland: the fear of what is alien." - Małgorzata Szumowska (director)