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.
Original Title: Zielona granica
Production countries: Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium
Duration: 152 min.
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Written by: Maciej Pisuk, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko, Agnieszka Holland
Produced by: Marcin Wierzchosławski, Fred Bernstein, Agnieszka Holland
Cinematography: Tomasz Naumiuk
Editing: Pavel Hrdlička
Production Design: Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk
Costume Design: Katarzyna Lewińska
Make-Up: Aneta Brzozowska
Sound: Roman Dymny
Original Score: Frédéric Vercheval
Cast: Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Behi Djanati Atai, Mohamad Al Rashi, Dalia Naous
About the director
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.