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Q&A with GREEN BORDER Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, Co-Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Friday, June 21

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Moderated by Film Programmer David Schwartz

Polish Cultural Institute New York, established in 2000, is a diplomatic mission to the United States. Its mission is to share Polish heritage, history and art with American audiences, and to promote Poland’s contributions to the success of world culture.

Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film director and scriptwriter, born in Warsaw in 1948. After graduating from FAMU in Prague in 1971 she began her film career working as an assistant director of Krzysztof Zanussi and was mentored by Andrzej Wajda. Throughout her work life the filmmaker was nominated for the Academy Award 3 times — in 1985 for ANGRY HARVEST, in 1990 for EUROPA EUROPA and 2012 for IN DARKNESS. Holland’s numerous features include OLIVIER, OLIVIER (1992), THE SECRET GARDEN (1993), TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995), JULIE WALKING HOME (2001), SPOOR (2017), MR. JONES (2019) and CHARLATAN (2020), among others. She also directed episodes of many notable TV series, including Treme and House of Cards. Previously, Film Forum premiered Holland’s films SHOT IN THE HEART (2001), based on Mikal Gilmore’s memoir, and BURNING BUSH (2013), set in the aftermath of the Prague Spring in 1968 Czechoslovakia. 

David Schwartz is an independent film programmer and writer. Currently he is Curator-at-large at Museum of the Moving Image, where he worked for many years as Chief Curator. He hosts the Emelin Theatre Film Club in Mamaroneck, NY, and programs for other venues, including the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. He also programmed and managed the Paris Theater in Manhattan. David writes about film regularly for publications including Reverse Shot, Screen Slate, and Film Comment, and edited the book David Cronenberg: Interviews. He has taught film history at Purchase College and New York University. In 2019, he received a Career Achievement Award from the New York Film Critics for his tenure at Museum of the Moving Image.

Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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