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This film was last shown on 13 December 2018
Acclaimed Polish writer-director Małgorzata Szumowska’s (In the Name of, Body) darkly satirical, enormously enjoyable tragicomedy Mug won the Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival.
A fable of small-town shallowness and hypocrisy, we follow
Jacek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), a heavy metal-loving builder; his girlfriend
(Małgorzata Gorol); and his dog. The rebellious Jacek dreams of leaving his home
town but while working on a construction site (helping to build a massive statue
of Christ), he has an accident and is left with severe injuries and a facial
After undergoing Poland’s first face transplant, he prepares to return home. For all the issues Jacek must confront after the transformation of his appearance, Szumowska and the extremely talented cinematographer, Michal Englert, leave ample room for comedy in what she has described as a “fairy-tale for adults”.
- Malgorzata Szumowska
- 1 hour 30 minutes
- Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz