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. Whilst events around Jacek come thick and fast, the film never loses sight of the bigger picture and instead brings things even more into focus. MUG uses the format of an acerbic farce to consider conditions in modern-day Poland and explore life in the provinces, revealing a country that is busy setting its faith in stone.
- Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize - Berlin IFF
- Young Jury Award - Les Arcs EFF
- Mateusz Kościukiewicz
- Agnieszka Podsiadlik
- Małgorzata Gorol
- Roman Gancarczyk
- Dariusz Chojnacki
- Robert Talarczyk
- Anna Tomaszewska
- Martyna Krzysztofik
- Małgorzata Szumowska
- Michał Englert
- Michał Englert
- Jacek Drosio
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Delivers the pleasure of vigorous storytelling. It is scabrous, mysterious and surprisingly emotional.
Sidestepping the identity crisis of so many face offs and mask films, Mug takes a more realistic tack, though one peppered with welcome elements of surreal black humor.
I'm fascinated by the body as a machine, which let our lives go... The body can impose terrible limits, it can become an obsession.
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.