"A stunning, harrowing film." - Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

"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 in order to elicit precisely such emotions." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

"A vital bearing of cinematic witness to what is happening in Europe right now." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

In the swampy forest found at the border between Poland and Belarus, migrants from the Middle East and Africa risk their lives attempting to enter the European Union. There, they find not just the harsh terrain, but a geopolitical quagmire, where they are pushed back and forth across the border as pawns of a hidden war between the two countries. Shot in black and white and divided into chapters that follow the the desperate crossing of a Syrian family, a group of activists trying to save lives and lift spirits, and a psychologist who lives near the border and is radicalized by the despair at her doorstep, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland’s (EUROPA EUROPA) GREEN BORDER is an urgent and stunning portrait of this humanitarian crisis that is largely unknown, and one of the most political films of the year. Film Center exclusive. 

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Arca CinemaGiovani Award, Premio CinemaSarà Award, Green Drop Award, Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award, Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award, UNIMED Prize for Cultural Diversity, Venice Film Festival 
Nominee - Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Winner - Audience Choice Award, Best International Feature, Chicago International Film Festival
Winner - Bridging the Borders Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival

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