Agnieszka Holland received an award during the Vatican Tertio Millennio film festival for the film “The Green Border”. During a meeting with viewers before the film’s screening, the Polish director talked about the sources of the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border – she indicated that it was caused by Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenko.
Agnieszka Holland received a special award at the Tertio Millennio film festival in Rome on Tuesday for “The Green Border”. The distinction called “Fuoricampo” was presented to the director during a ceremony at the “Nuovo Olimpia” cinema in Rome.
As the organizers explained, it is awarded for the film that best outlined the theme of “the search for the deepest meaning of life and shocked consciences, illuminating dark zones and the human soul” last year.
During a meeting with viewers before the screening of “The Green Border”, the Polish director talked about the sources migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, explaining that they caused it Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenko.
– To talk about it, I decided to do what I know how to do, which is to make a feature film – she added. As she noted, “the secret of evil is easier to show.”
Agnieszka Holland emphasized that the topic of migration is close to her. – I was a political emigrant myself, but it does not compare to the situation of people hiding in the forests – she noted.
She also emphasized: “I like controversy because it forces us all to think and act.” The director also thanked for the award on behalf of activists helping migrants.
Holland honored at religious festivals
The festival, which was born on the initiative of St. John Paul IItakes place under the patronage of Vatican offices, including the Dicastery for Culture and Education and the institutions of the Episcopal Conference Italian. The festival’s aim is to promote dialogue between different religions and cultures through the language of cinema.
Agnieszka Holland was honored by three religious film festivals in total: Tertio Millennio, Nations and Religions and Religion Today. On Monday, the screening of “The Green Border” took place at the Vatican film library.
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