Poland Selects Spoor as Oscar Bid

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WARSAW: Agnieszka Holland’s awarded drama Spoor / Pokot was selected as Poland's official entry for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film is a Polish/German/Swedish/Czech/Slovak coproduction.

Spoor is an adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s bestselling novel Drive Your Plough over the Bones of the Dead. The script co-written by Holland and Tokarczuk follows a series of murders of hunters from a small community. An elderly villager Janina (played by Agnieszka Mandat) finds herself a prime suspect in the police investigation.

The film was produced by TOR Film Production in coproduction with Heimatfilm GmbH (Germany), Chimney Group (Sweden) and Nutprodukce (Czech Republic), nutprodukcia (Slovak Republic). It was supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, the MEDIA Programme and the Polish-German Co-Development Fund.

Spoor premiered internationally in the competition of the 67th Berlinale IFF, where it was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. Spoor went into regular distribution in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The title was sold by Beta Cinema to several territories including China, Turkey, Cyprus, former Jugoslavia, Spain and Andora.