Films Boutique Picks up Agnieszka Holland’s The Green Border

    The Green Border by Agnieszka Holland shooting The Green Border by Agnieszka Holland shooting credit: Films Boutique

    WARSAW: Films Boutique has acquired Agnieszka Holland’s new feature film The Green Border, which has wrapped principal photography in Poland and started editing in Prague. The film is a coproduction between Poland, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

    Based on real events, the film follows the fate of a family of Syrian refugees, a solitary English teacher from Afghanistan and a young border guard, who meet on the Polish-Belarusian border during the most recent humanitarian crisis triggered by President Lukaschenko opening doors to migrants in Belarus as a back door to enter the EU. Agnieszka Holland, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko and Maciej Pisuk penned the script.

    “The action takes place about a year ago, when the humanitarian crisis on the border began. The Green Border is a story about the aftermath of this great change. It is not a film about refugees. Nor is it a film about Polish activists rescuing refugees or about border guards. Although these three perspectives are intertwined in the film. The film is a story about how each of us can unexpectedly find ourselves in a borderline situation and having to make choices between Good and Evil”, Holland said a in a statement.

    The international cast includes Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Tomasz Włosok, Behi Djanati Atai, Mohamed Al Rashi, Dalia Naous, Piotr Stramowski, Jaśmina Polak, Marta Stalmierska, Agata Kulesza, Maciej Stuhr and Magdalena Popławska.

    The Green Border is produced by Marcin Wierzchosławski through Metro Films, Fred Bernstein through Astute Films and Agnieszka Holland, while the coproducers are Maria Blicharska, Damien McDonald from Blick Productions, Šárka Cimbalová from Marlene Film Production and Diana Elbaum and David Ragonig through Beluga Tree. The Chair of the European Film Academy Mike Downey and Field Entertainment’s Jeff Field are executive producers.

    Eurimages, the Czech Film Fund, the CNC – Centre National du Cinema et L’Image Animée - Cinema du Monde, Sofica La Banque Postale Image 17, Centre du Cinema et de L’Audiovisuel de la Federation Wallonie Bruxelles, CANAL+ Poland, the Czech Television and ZDF/ARTE are supporting the project.

    Kino Świat will release the film in Poland.

    Click HERE for the press release.