OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Małgorzata Szumovska
COUNTRY : Poland
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 91min
Nu Metro 5, 13 Oct @ 10.30pm | SK Nouveau 4, 18 Oct @ 6.15pm
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 dancefloor, everyone runs for cover. He enjoys his existance 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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in 1973 in Kraków. She is the daughter of journalist and writer Dorota Terakowska and journalist and filmmaker Maciej Szumowski, sister of documentary director Wojciech Szumowski. She graduated from the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź in 1998. Prior to her film studies, she read art history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She became a member of the European Film Academy in 2001.
Małgorzata Szumowska has received numerous awards at international and Polish film festivals. Her film etude Silence made it onto the list of the 14 best films in the history of the Łódź film school, while Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute recognized the script for the feature film Stranger as one of the three best texts from Europe.
Małgorzata Szumowska is among the most famous female directors of the young generation. With three full-length features to her credit – her debut Happy Man (2000), followed by Stranger (2004), and 33 Scenes From Life (2008) she has also made several documentaries and short films. Many of them received a lot of publicity, though the critics were most often divided in their views.