Die Maske

A Film by Małgorza­ta Szu­mow­s­ka. Starts March 14th at the fsk. In Polish with Ger­man sub­tit­les.

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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. Twarz 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.
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Polen 2018, 91 Min., poln. OmU
Regie:Małgorza­ta Szu­mow­s­ka
Buch: Małgorza­ta Szu­mow­s­ka, Mich­ał Eng­lert
Kame­ra: Mich­ał Eng­lert
Mon­ta­ge: Jacek Dro­sio
mit: Mateusz Kości­ukie­wicz
Agniesz­ka Pod­siad­lik
Małgorza­ta Gorol
Roman Gan­car­c­zyk
Dari­usz Cho­j­na­cki
Robert Tal­ar­c­zyk
Anna Tomas­zew­s­ka
Mar­ty­na Krzy­szto­fik

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