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After a vicious acid attack leaves half her body covered in scars, Jade (Vicky Knight) must come to terms with the new life ahead of her: a life in which her young daughter refers to her as a “monster,” co-workers and strangers hurl nasty slurs her way, and physical intimacy seems to be a thing of the past. As an antidote to her rocky home life, Jade revels in South London’s pulsing, rhythmic club scene, but still can’t escape the emotional trauma that accompanies her scars. Desiring the face—and life—she once had, Jade looks into plastic surgery as a quick fix.

In her English-language debut, Dutch writer-director Sacha Polak takes a hard look at the gross discrepancy that underlies society’s perception of external beauty versus internal worthiness. Polak's camera moves tightly with Jade, capturing the quiet defiance and vulnerability of Knight’s performance. In her first film role, Knight beautifully lays bare what it means to be an outsider in one’s own skin, ready to break out at any moment.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY Netherlands/United Kingdom/Belgium/Ireland

RUN TIME 104 min

COMPANY Independent

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Artist Bio

Sacha Polak

Sacha Polak is an award-winning writer and director. Hemel, her debut feature, won the FIPRESCI Award after screening in the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. In her documentary New Boobs, Polak explores the choices she has to make as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. Her second feature film, Zurich, premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and won the CICAE's Art Cinema Award. Dirty God is Polak's first English-language feature.