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.
CAST & CREW
Jacek Drosio, Michał Englert, Małgorzata Szumowska
Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
Director of Photography
Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Małgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk.
Małgorzata Szumowska belongs to the most prominent Polish filmmakers and covers a broad spectrum working as screenwriter and producer as well as documentary and feature film director. She graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź and went on to direct short films and documentaries before making her feature film debut in 2000 with Happy Man. She has been honoured with several international awards, including the Teddy Award for In the Name of… at the Berlin IFF and the Silver Leopard Award at the Locarno IFF for 33 Scenes from Life. Malgorzata Szumowska was twice nominated for the European Film Awards for Happy Man and Stranger. She is a winner of many prestigious prizes in Poland. Her movie Elles, featuring Juliette Binoche and Anaïs Demoustier, was sold to over 40 countries.
Scene 10 (1995, short), Before I Disappear (1996, short), One Day in the Life of Tomek Karat (1997, doc.), Silence (1997, short, doc.), Seven Lessons of Love (1999, short, doc.), Ascension (2000, short), A Wedding in the House of Loneliness (2000, doc.), Happy Man (2000), Documentary… (2001, short, doc.), Stranger (2004), Visions of Europe (segment Crossroad, 2004), My Father, Maciek (2005, doc.), Solidarity, Solidarity... (segment Father, 2005), Nothing to be Scared of (2006, short, doc.), 33 Scenes from Life (2008), Sponsoring/Elles (2011), In the Name of... (2013), Body (2015), Mug (2018) .