Famous Polish director Agnieszka Holland, chairman of the European Film Academy, nominee for an Oscar and a BAFTA, owner of the Silver Bear of Berlinale-2017 will be the guest of honour of the 8th Odesa International Film Festival.
In the early 1970s, having finished studying at the FAMU film school in Prague, Agnieszka Holland worked as an assistant to directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Stanisław Latałło. She was a member of the cinema association “X”, which was led by director Andrzej Wajda. Since the mid-1970s, she began making her own films: Holland’s feature debut, “Provincial Actors” (1978), was awarded the FIPRESCI award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The works of Agnieszka Holland were nominated for an Oscar three times: in 1985 – for “Angry Harvest” (category “Best Foreign Language Film”), in 1992 – “Europa, Europa” (category “Best Adapted Screenplay”), in 2012 – “In Darkness” (category “Best Foreign Language Film”).
As a director, Agnieszka Holland worked on episodes of well-known series, including “House of Cards”, “The Killing”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Wire”, “The Affair”, “Cold Case”. For the direction of one of the episodes of the series “Treme” Holland was nominated for an Emmy Award. Holland also created scripts for the films of Andrzej Wajda (“Without Anesthesia”, “A Love in Germany”, “Danton”, “The Posessed”, “Korczak”, etc.) and Krzysztof Kieslowski (“Three Colors”).
In 2001 she was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding services to Polish culture, and in 2002 she received a special Eagle Award from the Polish Film Academy.
The European Film Academy, chaired by Agnieszka Holland, together with the human rights organization Amnesty International, annually holds actions in defence of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Holland herself repeatedly spoke in support of Oleg Sentsov and took part in the filming of the documentary “The Process. The Russian State Against Oleg Sentsov” by Askold Kurov.
At the 8th Odesa International Film Festival Agnieszka Holland will present the film “Spoor” (Pol. “Pokot”), the world premiere of which was held in 2017. In this film, based on the novel by Olga Tokarchuk, the director combined a fairy tale and an environmental thriller. Holland herself defines the film as “an anarchist-feminist criminal drama with elements of a black comedy”. At the 67th Berlin Film Festival, the film was recognized by the jury as one that opened up new prospects, so it won the Alfred Bauer Award (Silver Bear), which is awarded for discovering new ways of making cinema and an original view of reality.
We remind you that the Odesa International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 22 of July.