Malgorzata Szumowska

Poland201891 MinPolish

Subtitles: EN, FR, ES, IT

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Potently acted and directed, a drama that puts you inside its extended community with a mix of robust realism and a streak of fantasy comedy.

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Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. His family, his small hometown, his fellow parishioners all see him as an amusing freak. Jacek works at the construction site of what is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country.

Silver Bear - Berlinale

Supported by Media Creative Europe

  • Starring:  Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Małgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk, Dariusz Chojnacki, Robert Talarczyk, Anna Tomaszewska, Martyna Krzysztofik
  • Production:  Nowhere
  • International Sales:  Memento Films International

Director Malgorzata Szumowska continues exploring themes of the human body and spirituality with this moving story of a man deprived of his own face.

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Malgorzata Szumowska

Born in Kraków, Poland in 1973, she graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź and went on to direct short films and documentaries before making her feature film debut in 2000 with HAPPY MAN. She won the Silver Leopard at Locarno in 2008 with 33 SCENES FROM LIFE. Her films STRANGER (2004) and ELLES (2011) both screened in the Berlinale Panorama. IN THE NAME OF screened in Competition at the 2013 Berlinale and won the Teddy Award, while BODY won the Silver Bear for Best Director in 2015. Her most recent feature MUG won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Berlinale.

I’m very angry. This film is definitely a kind of statement about what is going on in Poland. They’re happy that they live in a white country for white Catholics – Pollacks. They are creating an extremely locked, hermetic environment. So the movie is a reaction to that. And what is going on in Poland is very sad, a very complex, a very complicated situation. But I’m afraid it’s not only Poland. It’s also in the UK, the US