EFA Selection


Agnieszka Holland | Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine | 2019 | 119 min.
O.V in English, Russian, and Ukrainian subtitled in English and Spanish

The veteran Holland revisits the turbulence of the interwar Europe in this intense political thriller starring James Norton, Peter Sarsgaard and Vanessa Kirby. In 1933 the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, after being the first foreigner to interview Hitler, prepares himself to do the same with Stalin. When he arrives in Moscow, however, he encounters another clue that will lead him to a much more dangerous investigation: the alleged famine that is decimating Ukraine. Jones will risk his life to inform the world about what lies behind the communist utopia.

Direction: Agnieszka Holland
Script: Andrea Chalupa
Cinematography: Tomasz Naumiuk
Editing: Michał Czarnecki
Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Sound: Wojciech Mielimąka, Marcin Matlak
Cast: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle
Production: Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Stanisław Dziedzic, Andrea Chalupa
Production Company: Film Produkcja


Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, Agnieszka Holland graduated from the FAMU Film School in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieslowski on the screenplay of his trilogy, Three Colors. Her film Gorączka screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 1981, the year in which she emigrated to Paris. Since then she has made over 30 films, winning awards including the Golden Globe and Silver Berlin Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films In Darkness, Europa Europa and Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) were all nominated for an Academy Award. Mr. Jones, her latest film, premiered in Berlinale’s Official Competition.