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GREEN BORDER

[ZIELONA GRANICA]
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year's Venice Film Festival, this propulsive, urgent drama from Academy Award® nominee Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA EUROPA, SPOOR, 2017 AFI European Union Film Showcase) depicts the crisis which erupted in 2021 at the Belarus-Poland border after Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko drew refugees to Belarus with false hope they might cross the border by foot into Poland and the EU. Opening with thriller-like momentum, the film follows a Sweden-bound family of Syrian refugees on such a journey, descending into terror as they quickly realize they've become trapped in a brutal, Kafkaesque game of ping pong between Polish and Belarusian border guards, who operate with impunity in the inhospitable "red zone" — the dense, swampy Białowieża Forest — that separates the two countries. Holland then quickly alternates perspectives, giving windows into the lives of an Afghan English teacher, a conflicted Polish border guard, a group of activist lawyers and a psychiatrist whose tragic, chance encounter with a fleeing refugee leads her to a newly found sense of responsibility for the humanitarian catastrophe developing on her doorstep. Shot in stark black and white with a documentary-like urgency, GREEN BORDER is a powerful indictment of Europe's hypocrisies around its refugee crisis from a master of bold, politically minded filmmaking. Winner, Special Jury Prize, 2023 Venice Film Festival. Official Selection, 2023 AFI FEST, Toronto and New York film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Agnieszka Holland; SCR Maciej Pisuk, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko; PROD Fred Bernstein, Marcin Wierzchoslawski. Poland/France/Czech Republic/Belgium, 2023, b&w, 152 min. In English, Arabic, Polish and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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152 Minutes
Drama

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