Green Border

Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Bridging the Borders Award
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best European Film
European Film Awards
Profoundly moving, flawlessly executed… if cinema is an empathy machine...then Agnieszka Holland‘s new film is one precision-tooled specimen.


Green Border

In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so-called “green border” between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach the European Union are trapped in a geopolitical crisis cynically engineered by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. In an attempt to provoke Europe, refugees are lured to the border by propaganda promising easy passage to the EU. Finding themselves pawns in this hidden war, the lives of Julia, a newly minted activist who has given up her comfortable life; Jan, a young border guard; and a Syrian family intertwine.

Thirty years after her Oscar-nominated film
Europa Europa, Agnieszka Holland’s poignant and essential Green Border opens our eyes and speaks to the heart, challenging viewers to reflect on the moral choices that fall to ordinary people every day.

“A heart-in-mouth thriller... Agnieszka Holland‘s bruisingly powerful new refugee drama ultimately comes from a place of optimism.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

“A righteous, infuriating and woefully compelling watch.” – Laura Babiak, Observer

“Profoundly moving, flawlessly executed… if cinema is an empathy machine, to paraphrase the late Roger Ebert, then Agnieszka Holland‘s new film is one precision-tooled specimen.” – Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

"A humanitarian masterpiece." – Damon Wise, Deadline

Special Jury Prize – 2023 Venice Film Festival
Audience Award – 2024 International Film Festival Rotterdam
Best Film Award – 2024 Polish Film Awards
Career Achievement Award – 2023 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Not Rated
Drama, Women and Film
Polish, Arabic, French, English
Agnieszka Holland
Maciej Pisuk, Gabriela Lazarkiewicz, Agnieszka Holland
Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Behi Djanati Atai, Tomasz Wlosok
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Winner, Bridging the Borders Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominee, Best European Film, European Film Awards

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