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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival

A woman and a man look at something in a forest, surrounded by moss.

Kinoteka presents Agnieszka Holland’s cinema adaptation of feminist ecological thriller, based on Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.

Winning the Berlin Festival Silver Bear, Holland described it as an “anarchistic, feminist crime story with elements of black comedy”. Duszejko, a retired engineer (powerfully played by Agnieszka Mandat) lives quietly with her dogs on the Polish Czech border, teaching English in her spare time. Following unexplained disappearances and then deaths she determines to uncover the truth. Strong local allegiances influence perspectives and soon lines between hunter and hunted blur. 

Powerful cinematography that celebrates the natural world is important in driving the narrative, along with costumes that are strong signifiers of each character (Katarzyna Lewińska won the European Film Awards prize as Costume Designer 2017). 

The stage adaptation of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is now showing in the Barbican Theatre.

Tagged with: Cinema Young Barbican

2017 Poland dir Agnieszka Holland 128 min

Please note this film includes brief documentary clips of hunting, and animals that have been injured due to the hunt, as well as scenes featuring dead animals.

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