07 November 2023
Green Border, the latest feature film of Agnieszka Holland, was nominated for the European Film Awards 2023 in three categories - European Film, European Director and European Screenwriter. The winners will be announced on 9 December during the ceremony organized by European Film Academy in Berlin.
The European Film Academy unveiled the nominations for this year's European Film Awards and Green Border by Agnieszka Holland, is among the nominees in three categories including the main one - European Film. The director, who is an active member of the Academy and currently its president, received also the nomination in the European Director category and and together with her co-writers Maciej Pisuk and Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko, they received a nomination in the European Screenwriter category as well.
Green Border, which deals with the highly contemporary and urgent topic of immigration to European Union through its Eastern (Polish) border, made in coproduction of Poland, Czech Republic, France and Belgium, is coproduced by Marlene Film Production and Czech Television on the Czech side. Its production was also supported by the Czech Film Fund - the film received EUR 160,000 through the minority co-productions scheme. World sales and festivals are handled by Films Boutique. The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Venice IFF, which catapulted the film to the festival circuit and presentation at Toronto, New York or Busan IFF followed.
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. 30 years after Europa Europa, three-time Oscar Nominee Agnieszka Holland’s poignant new feature Green Border opens our eyes, speaks to the heart, and challenges us to reflect on the moral choices that fall to ordinary people every day.
Agnieszka Holland's films were nominated for European Film Awards in the past. In 2019, she received the European Director nomination for Czech film Charlatan and in 2012, her film In Darkness was nominated for EFA People's Choice Award. The nominations were decided by 4,600 members of European Film Academy, who have been watching the films included in the annual Academy Selection. The complete list of nominations can be found here. The European Film Awards winners will be announced during the ceremony organized by the Academy in Berlin on 9 December, 2023.
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