Program → Films by sections → Mug
Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Poland 
Year: 2018


91 minutes/color


Director: Malgorzata Szumowska

Screenplay: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Cinematographer: Michał Englert

Editing: Jacek Drosio

Costume design: Julia Jarza-Brataniec, Katarzyna Lewińska

Producer: Jacek Drosio



Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk, Dariusz Chojnacki, Robert Talarczyk, Anna Tomaszewska, Martyna Krzysztofik



Nowhere SP. Z.O.O, TVN

World sales:

Memento Films International



Jacek loves heavy metal and his dog. He enjoys his existence 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 recognizes himself in the mirror. Meanwhile, the statue of Jesus grows taller and taller.



Małgorzata Szumowska

Małgorzata Szumowska (born 26 February 1973) is a Polish film director, screenwriter and producer, born in Kraków. Her 2013 film In the Name Of received the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, and received the Grand Prix at the 32nd annual Istanbul Film Festival. Her film Body was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Szumowska won the Silver Bear for Best Director for Body. In 2018, she received Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival for her film Mug.



1998 Cisza (Documentary short)

1999 Siedem lekcji milosci (Documentary short)

2000 Happy Man

2001 Dokument...? (Documentary short)

2004 Stranger

2004 Visions of Europe (segment "Crossroad")

2005 Mój tata Maciek (Documentary)

2007 Nothing to Be Scared of (Documentary short)

2013 In the Name of

2015 Body

2018 Mug