Dirty God

Sacha Polak

IFFR 2019

Limelight

  • 105'
  • Netherlands
  • 2019

When Jade, a young mother from London, is discharged from hospital, the doctors are 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.

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Director
Sacha Polak
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Ireland
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Marleen Slot, Michael Elliott
Production Companies
Viking Film, Emu Films, A Private View, Savage Productions
Sales
Independent
Screenplay
Sacha Polak, Susanne Farrell
Cinematography
Ruben Impens
Editor
Sander Vos
Music
Rutger Reinders
Cast
Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly, Eliza Brady-Girard, Rebecca Stone, Bluey Robinson
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands