(K. Brent Tomer),
AGNIESZKA HOLLAND’S career spans four decades and crosses multiple territories. “Angry Harvest” (1985), a drama in German, explores the life of a Jewish woman sheltered from persecution in 1942 by a peasant. She directed “The Secret Garden” (1993) in English, an adaptation of a classic children’s story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She turned her hand to the work of Henry James in “Washington Square” (1997) and has made three films with Ed Harris, an American actor. But she is notorious for her work in Polish; “Fever” (1981) and “A Lonely Woman” (1981) were banned by Poland’s communist regime, and she fled the country shortly after. Today she divides her time between Los Angeles, Brittany and Warsaw.
Extremely hard to categorise, Ms Holland’s work ranges in style and straddles genres. She scrutinises complex, often compromised, characters and tells their stories in a broad historical context, but no two stories are the same. In recent years she has widened her filmography, breaking into television by directing episodes of “The Wire” and of the American remake of “The Killing”. Now, in a new democratic era for Poland, she has really come home…Continue reading