Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. His family, his small hometown, his fellow parishioners all see him as an amusing freak. Jacek works at the construction site of what is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country.

Director's Biography

Born in Krakow on 26 February 26 1973, a graduate of the Film School in Łódź, Małgorzata Szumowska is a director, screenwriter and producer. Laureate of many prestigious awards: during her studies, her works were screened in Cannes and won prizes all over the world. Her feature film debut HAPPY MAN and her second
film STRANGER" were nominated for the European Film Award in the Discovery of the Year category. In 2008 she won the Silver Leopard at the International Film Festival in Locarno for the film 33 SCENES FROM LIFE starring Julia Jentsch. In 2009 she worked as a co-producer of the film ANTICHRIST by Lars von Trier. In 2011, she made the film ELLES with Juliette Binoche, which was distributed in 45 countries around the world. It was shown during many festivals including Berlin and Toronto. In 2013, Szumowska touched upon a very important and difficult topic - homosexuality among priests. For the film IN THE NAME OF ... she won the Teddy prize for the best feature film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film was screened at many festivals around the world, and in the cinemas of 25 countries. In 2015 she directed, BODY, for which she received the Silver Bear as best director at the 65th Berlin IFF and thus sealed her strong position in European cinematography. In 2016, she also received the European Film Award for this film.
Małgorzata Szumowska was invited to take part in the Berlin IFF as a member of the jury of the 66th edition of the festival. The film MUG is her seventh full-length feature film. The film premiered in the main competition of the 68th Berlinale.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Małgorzata Szumowska

Written by: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Produced by: Jacek Drosio

Cinematography: Michal Englert

Editing: Jacek Drosio

Production Design: Marek Zawierucha

Costume Design: Katarzyna Lewi ńska, Julia Jarza-Brataniec

Make-Up & Hair: Waldemar Pokromski

Original Score: Adam Walicki

Sound Design: Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński, Marcin Jachyra

Visual Effects: Waldemar Woźniak

Cast: Mateusz Kościukiewicz (Jacek), Małgorzata Gorol (Dagmara), Agnieszka Podsiadlik (Jacek’s sister)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2018