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Green Border

Directed by Agnieszka Holland
2023
Poland
152 minutes
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Legendary filmmaker Agnieszka Holland’s gripping refugee thriller raised the ire of some Polish politicians and inspired protests on its way to a box office record. Special Jury Prize, Venice.
Set along the border between Belarus and Poland, Holland’s (Europa, Europa, SFF 1991; Spoor, SFF 2017) striking black and white film looks at how refugees, lured by false promises, fall under the control of callous border guards and sinister politicians. Green Border follows a Syrian family that comes into contact with a young border guard and an activist determined to help. Oscar-nominated Holland’s brilliant direction (in collaboration with associate directors Kamila Tarabura and Katarzyna Warzecha) vividly conveys the terrible moral quandaries faced by these individuals in this urgent film of great political and artistic impact.
If cinema is an empathy machine, to paraphrase the late Roger Ebert, then Agnieszka Holland‘s new film is one precision-tooled specimen … profoundly moving, flawlessly executed
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Green Border is a heart-in-mouth thriller set on the Polish-Belarusian border that wraps its social critique in the razor wire of punchy, intelligent cinematic craft
Jessica Kiang, Variety
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Original Title
ZIELONA GRANICA
Year
2023
Country
Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium
Language
In Polish, Arabic, English and French with English subtitles
Director
Agnieszka Holland
Producer
Marcin Wierzchosłąwski, Agnieszka Holland, Fred Bernstein
Cast
Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Behi Djanati Atai
Screenwriter
Maciej Pisuk, Agnieszka Holland, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko
Cinematographer
Tomasz Naumiuk
Editor
Pavel Hrdlička
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Politics & Economics, Women Directors, Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Human Rights
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sharmill Films
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