Winner – Silver Bear – Berlinale
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Olga Tokarczuk by Oscar-nominated director, Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, The Secret Garden, TV’s The Wire) this anarchistic eco thriller and feminist black comedy blurs the line between the hunter and the hunted, taking aim at Poland’s recent relaxation of environmental protection laws.
Part time teacher, astrologer and crusader for animal rights, Janina Duszeiko (stage actress Agnieszka Mandat) lives alone with her two dogs on the Polish-Czech border. When the dogs disappear, Duszeiko suspects the local hunting community, who hold a grudge against her for protesting their hunting out of season. But when the hunters are the next victims, with only animal tracks at the scene of the crime, she begins to look toward the woods themselves.
“It would not be the most resonant and inspiring political film of the century if it did not give us hope.” – Film Comment
Polish with English subtitles