Mug (Twarz) 15

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DIRECTOR Malgorzata Szumowska
CAST Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk

This award-winning, small-town-set Polish fable is a strangely affecting and hugely enjoyable tragicomedy.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, this quirky and darkly satirical ‘fairytale for adults’ follows Jacek, an amiable builder who loves heavy metal and larking around with his girlfriend. While working on the construction of Christ the King, a 118-foot statue of Jesus (which currently stands as the real-life tallest in the world), he suffers a terrible accident that leaves him severely disfigured. With a strangely affecting mix of tragedy, comedy, surrealism and occasionally stunning cinematography, Mug is an inventive and enjoyable watch.
(2018 Poland 91 mins Subtitled)

Małgorzata Szumowska’s Twarz (Polish for “face” or “mug”, the latter of which is the film’s English title) delivers the pleasure of vigorous storytelling. It is scabrous, mysterious and surprisingly emotional … Mug is a strange, engaging film – well and 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 … an absorbing and strange story, expertly managed.  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Language: Polish plus Romany, Latin and English

BBFC advice: Contains very strong language and sexualised nudity
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