Three-time Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland goes forward together with her defamation swimsuit in opposition to Poland’s justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro after Ziobro refused to apologize for public feedback by which he in contrast Holland’s new movie, the refugee drama Inexperienced Border, to “Nazi propaganda.”
A courtroom in Warsaw has upheld Holland’s proper to pursue the case, by which she is demanding an apology for the feedback and calling on Ziobro to make a charitable donation of fifty,000 Polish zlotys ($11,600) to an affiliation that helps Holocaust survivors.
Ziobro, a number one member of Poland’s right-wing conservative authorities, made the feedback on X, the social platform previously often known as Twitter, on Monday, Sept. 4, forward of Inexperienced Border‘s world premiere on the Venice Movie Pageant.
Inexperienced Border is a dramatization of the real-life plight of refugees caught on the pure border between Belarus and Poland. The refugees had been lured there by propaganda from Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who cynically engineered a geopolitical disaster, promising migrants straightforward passage over the Polish border into the European Union. However the Polish authorities refused to allow them to in, leaving households stranded and ravenous within the swampy, treacherous forests between the 2 international locations. Holland’s movie intertwines the views of the stranded refugees, Polish border guards and activists defying the Polish authorities, which has sealed off the border space, to assist the migrants within the forest.
With out having seen the movie — solely a trailer had been launched when he posted his feedback —Ziobro condemned Holland’s depiction of occasions, evaluating her portrayal of Polish border guards to Nazi propaganda.
“Within the Third Reich, the Germans produced propaganda movies displaying Poles as bandits and murderers. At present they’ve Agnieszka Holland for that,” Ziobro wrote.
Whereas the defamation case proceeds, Ziobro is beneath the equal of a gag order and never allowed to publicly remark or publish something associated to Holland and her movies till the dispute is settled.
Mike Downey, a producer on Inexperienced Border, inform The Hollywood Reporter that Holland is pursuing different attainable authorized circumstances in opposition to different members of Ziobro’s get together, Suwerenna Polska (Sovereign Poland), which have publically disparaged the director and the movie.
“Extra authorized battles are coming,” he says.