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Agnieszka Holland on Zbigniew Ziobro’s words: in a sense, it is an incitement to violence

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Inspired by the events on the Polish-Belarusian border, Agnieszka Holland’s “Green Border” will compete for the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice Film Festival. In an interview with Ewelina Witenberg from TVN24, the director said that the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border “puts us before really difficult questions, challenges and choices”. Holland also referred to Zbigniew Ziobro’s words about herself.

We’ll find out on Saturday Agnieszka Holland – one of the most respected Polish directors – will be appreciated in the Main Competition of the International Festival in Venice. Her latest film “The Green Border” has a chance for the Golden Award Lion.

“Green Border” was received with a 15-minute ovation. The director admitted that this moment was “huge emotion” for her. – But towards the end I thought that enough was enough, that you were exaggerating, my dears – she added.

Agnes Holland in VenicePAP/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

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She explained that she decided to make a film about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border because for her it was “a very painful, very difficult situation”. – It confronts us with really difficult questions and challenges elections – she emphasized.

“I felt it was very important that those people who are there, refugees and locals, activists and border guards, give them a voice,” she said. – The problem of refugees, the problem of migration will be the biggest challenge of the next decade and if our only answer is burying our heads in the sand or violence, it seems to me that we are heading into very dark times – she assessed.

Holland announces legal action against Ziobro

When asked about the discrepancy in the assessment of the film in the West and among Polish rulers, she replied: “We have politicians who use propaganda, hate and lies. They do not hesitate to use methods that I consider authoritarian.”

– In my opinion, what the Polish authorities are doing deeply harms the interests and image of Poles, as well as their moral integrity. That’s why I think that my Polishness is indisputable and I think that many Poles are proud that I also speak on their behalf, she said.

The director pointed out that when the Minister of Justice compares her to Nazi propagandists, she has to respond with a lawsuit. – In a sense, this is an incitement to violence – she added.

Agnieszka Holland’s film at the Venice Festival

The official selection program of the 80th Venice Festival was announced on Tuesday during a press conference broadcast online. Among the 23 titles qualified for the main competition, Agnieszka Holland’s “Green Border” was inspired by the events on the Polish-Belarusian border.

“The poignantly current ‘Green Border’ is a cinema on an important and engaging topic that opens the eyes, goes straight to the heart and leaves no one indifferent” – we read in the description of the distributor of the film Kino Świat.

Agnieszka Holland’s “Green Border” was appreciated in Venice. “This is not a political declaration. It is a very human story.”Ewelina Witneberg/Fakty po Południu TVN24

“Three perspectives intertwine in the film – refugees, Polish activists and border guards – but ‘Green Border’ is primarily a story about people. About people faced with borderline situations. It is a film about courage, fear and heroism, about harm and hope.” – added.

The authors of the script are Agnieszka Holland, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko and Maciej Pisuk. Tomasz Naumiuk is responsible for the photos. The cast includes Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Tomasz Włosok, Behi Djanati Atai, Mohamed Al Rashi, Jaśmina Polak, Piotr Stramowski, Agata Kulesza, Maciej Stuhr and Magdalena Popławska.

Main photo source: Photo Agata Kubis/Kino Świat

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