Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year's Berlinale, Malgorzata Szumowska's (BODY, IN THE NAME OF) deadpan dark comedy takes a critical look at politics, identity, media and religion in contemporary Poland. Jacek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz) is a carefree, heavy-metal-loving laborer working on the construction site of what is to be the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a terrible fall disfigures him, the media and everyone around him are whipped into a frenzy as he undergoes Poland's first ever facial transplant. The operation is a success, but as Jacek is painted as a national hero by the press, receiving star treatment and lucrative endorsement deals, his family and friends find it hard to cope with his new appearance. As Jacek's celebrity grows, so too does his ostracization from those who once claimed to be closest to him. Winner, Silver Berlin Bear, Grand Jury Prize, 2018 Berlinale; Official Selection, 2018 Edinburgh, Busan and Chicago film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Malgorzata Szumowska; SCR/PROD Michal Englert; PROD Jacek Drosio. Poland, 2018, color, 91 min. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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