Spoor (Pokot)


Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 12:00 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 6:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Focus: Polish Cinema
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:128 min.
Director:Agnieszka Holland
Producer:Krzysztof Zanussi
Janusz Wachala
Screenwriter:Olga Tokarczuk
Agnieszka Holland
Cinematographer:Jolanta Dylewska
Rafal Paradowski
Editor:Pavel Hrdlicka
Cast:Agnieszka Mandat
Wiktor Zborowski
Miroslav Krobot
Jakub Gierszal
Patricia Volny
Tomasz Kot
Print Source:Beta Cinema
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA /STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A mountainous Polish village near the border of the Czech Republic provides the setting for an unusual murder mystery in the latest film from thrice Academy Award®-nominated director Agnieszka Holland (Angry Harvest, Europa Europa, In Darkness). Over the course of a year, several hunters meet violent ends in the woods. Schoolteacher Janina Duszejko (Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, in a dynamic performance), a fiery woman with a strong passion for the animal kingdom and astrology, has a theory about the killings. But her suspicions fall upon the deaf ears of the brutish police force who have labeled her the village madwoman. Based on Olga Tokarczuk’s crime novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, Spoor won the Alfred Bauer Prize—awarded to films which open new perspectives in cinematic art—at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. It is also a visual treat with lush images of the town’s surrounding forest and the animals that live in it.

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Additional Information

Agnieszka Holland started her film career assisting Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi. She has directed over 30 feature and TV films and miniseries, formatted and directed several episodes of TV series both in the U.S. (e.g., The Wire and House of Cards) and in Poland (Prime Minister), and written or co- written screenplays for films made by other directors (e.g., Krzysztof Kies´lowski’s Three Colors trilogy). Her first feature film, Provincial Actors (1978), is one of the flagship pictures of the “cinema of moral disquiet” and the winner of Cannes’ International Critics Prize. Holland’s work has received prestigious awards and nominations from the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, and the Emmy, among others. She is a Chairwoman of the European Film Academy.