Everyone is constantly taking pictures of themselves: the selfie. This obsession with appearances, the way your face looks on the Internet, prompted director Sacha Polak (Hemel, Zurich) to make Dirty God, in which she tells the story of a woman who has to learn to live with her disfigured face. For the leading role Polak cast the British Vicky Knight, who suffered serious burns as a child.
20-something Jade (Knight) lives in a working-class district in London with her mother and her two-year-old daughter. She once looked forward to diving into London's nightlife all week, but since an acid attack in her face by a vengeful ex has left her permanently scarred, she is only met by staring eyes at the clubs. Her new position forces her to re-determine what real beauty is – not only for herself, but also for her daughter. A difficult process, but Jade is strong and resilient. IFFR 2019 opening film.