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Green Border (2024)

Opens on July 5

Director: Agnieszka Holland Run Time: 157 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Behi Djanati Atai, Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Mohamad Al Rashi, Tomasz Włosok

Country: Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium
Language: Polish, Arabic, French, English

About the film:

World premiere, Venice International Film Festival 2023

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.

“A devastating dramatic triumph.”

—Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

About the filmmaker:

Agnieszka Holland is a Polish filmmaker who attended film school in Prague. Since her debut film Provincial Actors in 1979, which won a prize in Cannes, Holland has built up an enormous international oeuvre. She has also continued to film ‘Polish’ historic themes. In the course of her career she has won several prizes for her films and series, including an Oscar nomination for Europe Europe (1990). In 2017, she received the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for her film Spoor(2017), and three years later she was elected president of the European Film Academy. Her newest film, Green Border (2023), won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, where it also premiered.

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