Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. He lives in a village on the Polish countryside, here everyone knows each other and it seems to be both friendly and a bit confined. In the village they are building what will become the world’s largest Jesus statue. One day during the construction, Jacek is injured and has to undergo an advanced operation. The accident, the operation and his deformed face turn him into a celebrity. But his girlfriend and family have difficulties approaching him because of his new appearance. Mug is an amusing and incisive film that comments on small town atmosphere, the Catholic Church and society’s pervasive superficiality. Themes about the body and the corporeal are present both in this and in Szumowska’s earlier film Body (screened at UEFF 2016). The story is thoughtful, raises universal questions and perspectives and has a very sensitive photo which makes Mug a real gem. The film won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival this spring.
– Karin Johansson