"Agnieszka Holland: Europa/America" Film Program

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Agnieszka Holland: Europa/America" Film Program

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Turned down by the famous Lodz film school because of her Jewish surname, at seventeen Agnieszka Holland (b. 1948, Warsaw) made her way to film school in Prague, where she was exposed to the work of Milos Forman, Ivan Passer, and other figures of the Czech New Wave. In 1971, she returned to Poland, where she worked with such prominent Polish filmmakers as Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She was soon invited to join Wajda's film unit, beginning a close collaboration. Since leaving Poland amid the political upheaval of 1981, Holland has become a true citizen of the world, giving her a unique perspective on the social and political turmoil of recent times. She has suggested that the "making of a film is as exciting as a drug, and without that life would be empty (to us addicts)." She also hopes "foolishly... that I will make a magnificent, intelligent, and beautiful film, which will express what no one has expressed." In pursuit of this goal, Holland has gone from Europe to Nova Scotia and the mean streets of Baltimore; she has tracked German culture from the sublimity of Beethoven to the absurdity of the Hitler Youth; and she has turned the keenest of eyes on Poland, with its many splendors and contradictions.



from December 10, 2008 to January 05, 2009

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