Green Border

Green Border

A gripping political drama that follows a family of Syrian refugees, an English teacher from Afghanistan and a border guard during the most recent humanitarian crisis in Belarus.

A Film by Agnieszka Holland

Starring Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Behi Djanati Atai, Mohamad Al Rashi, Dalia Naous & Tomasz Włosok

"If cinema is an empathy machine, to paraphrase the late Roger Ebert, then Agnieszka Holland's new film is one precision-tooled specimen... profoundly moving, flawlessly executed" (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Green Border is a heart-in-mouth thriller set on the Polish-Belarusian border that wraps its social critique in the razor wire of punchy, intelligent cinematic craft" (Variety)

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. Pawns in this hidden war, the lives of Julia (Maja Ostaszewska), a newly minted activist who has given up her comfortable life, Jan (Tomasz Włosok), a young border guard, and a Syrian family intertwine.

30 years after EUROPA EUROPA, three-time Oscar Nominee Agnieszka Holland’s poignant new feature GREEN BORDER opens our eyes, speaks to the heart, and challenges us to reflect on the moral choices that fall to ordinary people every day.

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 80th-annual Venice International Film Festival

Runtime: 147 Mins

Sydney Film Festival - 5-16 June 2024Tickets
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      2 hours 27 minutes

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