Sacha Polak (1982) is an award winning director and scriptwriter. Her graduation film TEER (2006) screened at many international film festivals. HEAVEN (HEMEL, 2011), her first feature length film, received raving reviews both in her home country the Netherlands and internationally. HEAVEN got selected for the Berlinale, FORUM 2012, and won the International Federation of Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI Award). Her most recent film, DIRTY GOD (2019), has been selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won Best Director and Best Film at the 2019 Netherlands Film Festival.
Her first documentary, NEW BOOBS (2013), is a personal document in which Sacha explores the choices she has to make as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. Again, her work gets selected for several festivals.
Her second feature film ZURICH premiered at Berlinale 2015 and won another award: this time the International Confederation of Art Cinema Award (C.I.C.E.A award), which is the jury award for Best Film of in the FORUM competition.
Sacha's first English language feature DIRTY GOD (2019), which she directed and co-wrote, is the first Dutch film ever to have been selected for the Sundance main competition.