Dirty God

Sacha Polak

Netherlands, The, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium 2019, 105 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch

Festival year: 2019

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. Opening film IFFR 2019.


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. (Source: IFFR)


Official website: http://www.cineart.nl/films/dirty-god

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Talkshows & debates

Filmhuis Den Haag Filmfocus met Gerlinda Heywegen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 19:00

Gerlinda Heywegen geeft een inleiding bij de film Dirty God in dit maandelijks terugkerend programma van Filmhuis Den Haag

Dirty God: Q&A with filmmaker Sacha Polak and main actress Vicky Knight

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 20:15

After the film, film journalist Dana Linssen (NRC, Filmkrant) will speak to filmmaker Sacha Polak and main actress Vicky Knight about the making of the film. 

Presentation Dutch Movies Matter Award by chairwoman of the jury Silvia van der Heiden

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 20:15

Award ceremony for the Dutch Movies Matter Award, presented by chairwoman of the jury Silvia van der Heiden.

Dirty God: Q&A with director Sacha Polak and actrice Vicky Knight

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 19:00

Maarten Stoltz speaks with director Sacha Polak and actrice Vicky Knight.