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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Dirty God (2019 Feature Film)

Sacha Polak | Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland | 2019 | color | DCP | 105' | English | d.s.

Young London mother Jade (a superb performance by Vicky Knight) must rebuild her life following an acid attack, although she hardly dares look in the mirror. Sacha Polak’s powerful portrait of a complex woman retains the intensity of her previous features, Hemel and Zurich.

When Jade, a young mother from London, is discharged from hospital, the doctors are happy with her progress. But can she ever be happy again? After an acid attack by her ex, she will have to live with scars on her neck, chest, arms and part of her face. The burns may heal, but the scars remain.

Dirty God is a portrait of a woman with incredible resilience. This is the third time director Sacha Polak has chosen a capricious, complex, strong female protagonist, following her much-appreciated features Hemel (2011) and Zurich (2015). Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences. Polak’s first English-language feature is controlled and subtle, without the director surrendering any of her typical intensity. Newcomer Vicky Knight, who was badly burned as a child, is a genuine revelation in a powerful lead performance.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 22:30

Duration: 1:16

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:16

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 10:30

Duration: 1:16

Year in Festival
2019
Director
Sacha Polak
Camera
Ruben Impens
Cast
Vicky Knight
Katherine Kelly
Eliza Brady-Girard
Rebecca Stone
Bluey Robinson
Country
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Belgium
Ireland
Editor
Sander Vos
Language
English
Length
105'
Music
Rutger Reinders
Producer
Marleen Slot
Michael Elliott
Production Company
Viking Film
Emu Films
A Private View
Savage Productions
Sales
Independent
Scenario
Sacha Polak
Susanne Farrell
Year of Production
2019
Sacha Polak

Sacha POLAK (1982, Netherlands) is a director and screenwriter. Her feature debut, Hemel (2012), played at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI award in Venice. Her second feature, Zurich (2015), also screened in Berlin and won the C.I.C.A.E award. Dirty God (2019) is her English-language debut and the first Dutch film ever to have been selected for the Sundance main competition.

Filmography

Hemel (2012), Zurich (2015), Dirty God (2019)