AN EVENING WITH AGNIESZKA HOLLAND:
Screening of Europa Europa
followed by on stage discussion with Agnieszka Holland and Aviva
Kempner. Preceded by Shabbat Dinner with the filmmaker (optional,
Shabbat Dinner: 6:00pm
Europa Europa Screening: 7:30pm
Co-Sponsored by Women in Film and Video and The Ciesla Foundation
Co-presented by EntryPointDC
(Advanced ticket sales end at 4:00pm on the day of the event. NO tickets will be sold at the door).
Shabbat Dinner and Film/Discussion Ticket: $30
Film/Discussion Tickets: $18
recognized for her highly politicized contributions to Polish New Wave
cinema, Agnieszka Holland ranks as one of Poland's most prominent
filmmakers. Director Andrzej Wajda served as her mentor during her early
career, and the two collaborated on a number of scripts. Her 1985
feature Bitter Harvest, an examination of the relationship
between a gentile farmer and the Jewish woman he conceals during World
War II, was nominated for an Academy award for Best Foreign Language
Film. Six years later, Holland earned even greater international acclaim
and a score of awards, including a Golden Globe, for Europa, Europa (1991).
Last year, her latest work, the critically heralded In Darkness was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Select highlights of Holland’s impressive catalog include Washington Square, The Secret Garden, Three Colors: Blue (screenplay) and several TV episodes of The Wire and Treme.
Director Agnieszka Holland (113 min, Germany/France/Poland, 1990)
In Polish with English Subtitles
many years Solomon Perel kept silent about his exceptional wartime
experience. Agnieszka Holland brings his story to light, drawing a
compassionate portrait of a young German Jew caught in the riptide of
history. On the eve of World War II, Solly Perel's family resettles in
Poland. When the Nazi invasion occurs, they move eastward again, only to
encounter fleeing Soviet Jews. Amidst the confusion, young Solly begins
a Candide-like journey, negotiating the dangerous terrain of
totalitarian machinations. Self-preservation becomes a strategy of wits
at the expense of his Jewish identity. Interned in a Soviet orphanage,
captured by the German "enemy" and, in yet another bizarre and ironic
twist of fate, finding himself a "war hero," Solly must continually
reappraise his situation. When sent to a school for the German elite,
the boy's thoroughly convincing charade as a little Nazi threatens his
own identity. In the film's ultimate irony, the one physically
undeniable emblem of Solly's heritage proves his salvation. Keenly
sensitive to her protagonist's dilemma, Holland poses the question:
"What is a man in the 20th century? Does our fate depend on us, on our
choice of actions or are we playthings of history?"
the film there will be an on-stage Q&A with Agnieszka Holland,
moderated by WJFF Founder and local filmmaker icon Aviva Kempner (Partisans of Vilna, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg).
join us for an intimate Shabbat dinner with the filmmaker prior to the
screening. Space for the dinner is limited. Please be sure to buy your
tickets ahead of time.