European Film Festival Seattle

THE GREEN BORDER

ZIELONA GRANICA

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

2023, 147 min, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium
English, French, Arabic and Polish with English subtitles

In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so called “green border” between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach the European Union are trapped in a geopolitical crisis cynically engineered by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. In an attempt to provoke Europe, refugees are lured to the border by propaganda promising easy passage to the EU. Pawns in this hidden war, the lives of Julia, a newly minted activist who has given up her comfortable life, Jan, a young border guard, and a Syrian family intertwine.

Cast
Jalal Altawil (Bashir), Maja Ostaszewska (Julia), Tomasz Włosok (Jan), Behi Djanati Atai (Leila), Mohamad Al Rashi (Grandfather), Dalia Naous (Amina)

Direction: AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

Script: MACIEJ PISUK, GABRIELA ŁAZARKIEWICZ-SIECZKO, AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

Cinematography: TOMASZ NAUMIUK

Art Director: KATARZYNA JĘDRZEJCZYK

Music: FREDERIC VERCHEVAL

Editing: PAVEL HRDLIČKA

Sound: ROMAN DYMNY

Produced by: METRO FILMS, ASTUTE FILMS

Producers: MARCIN WIERZCHOSŁAWSKI,
FRED BERNSTEIN, AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

Saturday 11/11/23 at 7:15 pm

SIFF Cinema Egyptian
805 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

Born in 1948 in Warsaw. Director, screenwriter and actress. Graduated in film directing from FAMU in Prague in 1971. She started her career working with Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, gaining notoriety as part of the “Polish New Wave”. She wrote a number of award-winning scripts and was a consultant on many others including Kieslowski’s film trilogy “Three Colors”. Holland received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for “Angry Harvest” (1985), “In Darkness” (2012), and another for her script “Europe, Europe” (1992). Recipient of many international awards, including the first Wings – from the Polish Film Festival in America (1997) for her outstanding achievements in the art of film beyond Poland. She is a member of Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy (President since 2014).

Filmography

2023 The Green Border (Zielona granica)
2020 Charlatan (Szarlatan)
2019 Mr. Jones
2017 Spoor (Pokot)
2015-17 House of Cards – TV series (USA)
2014 Rosemary’s Baby – TV series (USA)
2013 The Burning Bush (Gorejący krzew) – miniseries (Czech TV)
2011-13 Without Secrets (Bez tajemnic) – TV series
2011 In Darkness (W ciemności)
2010-11 Treme – TV series (USA)
2009 Janosik. A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia)
2007 The Outfit (Ekipa) – TV series
2006 A Girl like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story
2006 Copying Beethoven (Kopiowanie Beetchovena)
2004-09 Cold Cases – TV series (USA)
2004-08 The Wire – TV series (USA)
2002 Julie Walking Home (Julia wraca do domu)
2001 Shot in the Heart (Strzał w serce)
1999 The Third Miracle (Trzeci cud)
1997 Washington Square (Plac Waszyngtona)
1995 Total Eclipse (Całkowite zaćmienie)
1993 The Secret Garden (Tajemniczy ogród)
1992 Oliver, Oliver
1991 Largo Desolato
1990 Europe, Europe (Europa, Europa)’
1988 To Kill the Priest (Zabić księdza)
1985 Angry Harvest (Gorzkie żniwa)
1981 A Lonley Woman (Kobieta samotna)
1980 Fever (Gorączka)
1979 Provincial Actors (Aktorzy prowincjalni)
1978 Screen Tests (Zdjęcia próbne)
1977 Something for Something (Coś za coś)