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Polish Filmmaker: Agnieszka Holland

Film director and scriptwriter, born in Warsaw, 1948.

Having graduated from FAMU, the Prague film school in 1971, Agnieszka Holland returned to Poland. She began her film career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her TV film debut was “An Evening at Abdon's"(1975) and her first feature film was "Provincial Actors" (1978), one of the flagship pictures of the "cinema of moral disquiet" and the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. In 1981, after Marshall Law in Poland, Holland emigrated to France.

In the West she made several movies, among others "Europa Europa" (1990), which received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Holland had also received Academy Award nominations in 1985 and 2012 (for best foreign language film, for "Angry Harvest” and “ In Darkness”). She also collaborated with her friend, Krzysztof Kieslowski, on the screenplay of his trilogy, "Three Colours (1993).

Holland's later films include Olivier, Olivier (1992), The Secret Garden (1993), Total Eclipse (1995), Washington Square (1997), Third Miracle (1999) the HBO production Shot in the Heart (2001), Julia Walking Home (2001), and Copying Beethoven ( 2006).

Her most recent films are In Darkness, based on Robert Marshall's heroic tale of surviving the holocaust In the Sewers of Lvov and BURNING BUSH, a three part drama series for HBO Europe, inspired by the actions of Jan Palach, a 21-year-old student who set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square in Prague in 1969 as a protest against the communist regime and the occupation of Prague by Soviet bloc armies.

In 2007 she directed together with her sister Magdalena Łazarkiewicz and daughter Katarzyna Adamik the Polish political drama series Ekipa.

In 2004 she directed "Moral Midgetry" the eighth episode of the third season of HBO drama series The Wirecreated by David Simon. She returned in 2006 to direct the eighth episode of the fourth season "Corner Boys". Both episodes were written by acclaimed novelist Richard Price. She also directed an episode during the 5th season of The Wire. She was asked by Simon and his team to direct the pilot and the finale of the first season of HBO series Treme and was nominated for Emmy in 2010 for directing of this pilot (2010).

Agnieszka Holland has also written or co-written screenplays for films made by other directors and directed plays for the Polish Television.

AWARDS


2012:
In Darkness -  Academy Award nominee for Foreign Language Film
In Darkness – Gdynia Film Festival, Grand Prix
In Darkness – Gdynia Film Festival, Award for Best Director

2011:
In Darkness -  International Film Festival, Valladolid, Best director
In Darkness  International Film Festival, Saint Louis, Audience Award
In Darkness – International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Audience Award

2010:
Treme (Pilot) – Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

2007:
Copying Beethoven – Polish Film Awards, nominee for Best European Film
Copying Beethoven – Goya Award, nominee for Best European Film

2006:
Copying Beethoven – CEC Award for Best Film, San Sebastian International Film Festival

2004:
Julia Walking Home – Polish Film Awards, nominee for Best Director

2003:
Julia Walking Home – Best Director, Method Fest

1993:
Europa, Europa – BAFTA Film Award for Best Film not in the English Language

1992:
Europa, Europa – Academy Award nominee for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

1990:
Europa, Europa – Golden Globe also several US critics prizes for best foreign film 1990
A Lonely Woman (Kobieta samotna)- Special Jury Prize, Polish Film Festival Gdynia

1987:
Anna – Nominee for Independent Spirit Award, Best Screenplay

1985:
Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) - Academy Award nominee for the best foreign language film
Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention, Best actor - Montreal World Film Festival

1981:
Fever (Gorączka) – Golden Lion, Polish Film Festiwal Gdynia, Silver Bear – Berlin Film Festival

1978:
Provincial Actors (Aktorzy prowincjonalni) - International Critics Prize at Cannes Film Festival

FILMS and TV

2012:
Burning Bush – director

2011:
In Darkness - director

2009:
Janosik – the true story – co-director with Kasia Adamik

2006:
Copying Beethovendirector

A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (TV movie) - director

2002:
Julia Walking Home– director, writer

2001:
Golden Dreams (movie – attraction for Disneyland ) - director
Shot in the Heart- director

1999:
The Third Miracle - director

1997:
Washington Square - director

1995:
Total Eclipse - director

1993:
The Secret Garden - director

1992:
Olivier, Olivier – director, writer

1991:
Largo Desolato (TV movie) – director, writer

1990:
Europa, Europa – director, writer
Korczak – writer, directed by Andrzej Wajda

1988:
To Kill a Priest – director, writer
La Amiga – writer, directed by Jeanine Meerapfel

1987:
Anna – writer, directed by Jurek Bogajewicz

1985:
Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) – director, writer
Culture (documentary) - director

1982:
Postcards from Paris (Les Cartes postales de Paris, documentary) - director
Interrogation (Przesłuchanie)- actress, directed by Ryszard Bugajski

1981:
A Lonely Woman (Kobieta samotna) – director, writer

1980:
Fever (Gorączka) - director

1978:
Provincial Actors (Aktorzy prowincjonalni) – director, writer
Without Anesthesia aka Rough Treatment (Bez znieczulenia) – writer, directed by Andrzej Wajda

1977:
Something for something (Coś za coś, TV movie) – director, writer

1976:
Screen tests (Zdjęcia próbne) – director, writer
Sunday Children (Niedzielne dzieci) – director, writer

1975:
Pictures from Life: A Girl and Aquarius (Obrazki z życia: dziewczyna i "Akwarius") - director
Evening at Abdon's (Wieczór u Abdona) – director, writer

TV SERIES

2010-12
The Killing (AMC) – 3 episodes

2010-2013
Treme– Pilot and 4 episodes

2007
Ekipa

2004-2009
Cold Case – 4 episodes

2004-2008
The Wire – 3 episodes

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