Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland ( born November 28, 1948 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish film director and screenwriter.

Life and work

Holland studied film directing at the Prague Film School. She began her career as an assistant director Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda from. For Andrzej Wajda she wrote some screenplays, among other things, based on the eponymous novel by Rolf Hochhuth A Love in Germany and worked with Jean -Claude Carrière in Wajda's film Danton.

With her directorial fever ( Goraczka ) she won the top prize at the 1981 Polish Film Festival and was represented in the Competition of the Berlinale 1981. Your leading lady Barbara Grabowska won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Shortly before the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981 emigrated Agnieszka Holland to Paris, where she still lives. Her first directorial effort after his emigration, the German production Bitter Harvest with Armin Mueller-Stahl in the lead role was in 1986 nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Your in Germany 's best-known film is Europa Europa, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. The film sparked a controversy in Germany when the jury makes the German nomination for Oscar, refused to nominate the film and was accused by the producer Artur Brauner of anti-Semitism.

In 1993, she made ​​the jump to the United States, as Francis Ford Coppola her film The Secret Garden based on the eponymous children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett produced. Since then she turns there with American actors, but as with The Healer with European production capital.

Agnieszka Holland is the sister of director Magdalena Lazarkiewicz. Her father Henryk Holland was a socialist sociologist and publicist. She is married to the Slovak film and theater director Laco Adamík. Their daughter Katarzyna Adamik (* 1972 ) is also a film director.

Filmography (selection)

B = screenplay, R = Director, D = Actor


On 21 March 2011 Agnieszka Holland with the Commander with Star ( Krzyż Komandorski Gwiazda z ) was of the Order of Polonia Restituta honored.