Acclaimed screenwriter and film director Agnieszka Holland will deliver the 2012 Annual Copernicus Lecture. Her lecture will be followed by a free screening of Oscar-nominated In Darkness, based on Robert Marshall’s heroic tale of surviving the Holocaust in the sewers of Lvov. Prior to her visit, seven of her best-known films will be screened to the public at no charge.
Agnieszka Holland graduated in 1971 from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). There she studied with Miloš Forman and Ivan Passer and participated in the Prague Spring. She launched her film career in Poland through her collaboration with Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi, winning prizes and accolades for her first feature-length film, Provincial Actors, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. Holland received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film for Angry Harvest (1985) and Europa, Europa (1990), which was also nominated for a Golden Globe. She has also directed several episodes of the television series The Wire, Cold Case, The Killing, and Treme. Her screenwriting career includes classics such as Kieslowski’s Blue, Wajda’s Rough Treatment and Korczak, as well as Bogayewicz’s Anna. Holland is currently working on a mini-series for HBO titled Burning Bush, about a hero of the Prague Spring.
For detailed information about the Holland Film Retrospective, see www.ii.umich.edu/crees/events.
Sponsors: Copernicus Endowment, CREES, Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Michigan Theater, Polish Cultural Fund - Ann Arbor.
All events are free and open to the public.
Agnieszka Holland, director and screenwriter