The Copernicus Endowment for Polish studies, CREES, and CES welcome Agnieszka Holland to the University of Michigan for her first visit. Her recent film In Darkness was nominated earlier this year for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and tomorrow, she will deliver the Annual Copernicus Lecture October 10, 2012 at 5 pm in the Michigan Theater. Her lecture will be followed by a free screening of In Darkness.
Agnieszka Holland graduated from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in 1971 where she studied with Milos Forman and Ivan Passer and took part in the events surrounding the Prague Spring (including six weeks of imprisonment by the communist authorities for her activities). Returning to Poland, her film career took off when she collaborated with Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi, winning prizes and accolades for her films at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980 (Illumination), and the Polish Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival for Fever (1980). She emigrated to France in 1981 and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986 for Angry Harvest. Her career continued to accelerate with directorial achievements such as Europa, Europa (1991), which won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination; The Secret Garden (1993); Total Eclipse (1995); Washington Square (1997); The Third Miracle; and Copying Beethoven (2006). She also directed television series for HBO and several episodes of The Wire, Cold Case, The Killing and Treme. Her screenwriting career includes classics such as Kieslowski’s Blue. She just completed a series for HBO about the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and is setting her sights on WWII hero, Jan Karski for her next film. Karski was a courier for the official Polish underground army during the war who brought news of the Holocaust to political leaders in the West. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Holland to Michigan!