Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s migrant crisis drama Green Border.
The film, which won Venice’s Special Jury Prize, explores the migrant crisis on the “green border” between Belarus and Poland, through the eyes of refugees trapped in the inhospitable terrain, activists trying to help them and border guards.
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The drama hit the headlines worldwide in September following a political backlash in Poland, after the film angered the then ruling right-wing, anti-migrant coalition led by the Law and Justice (PiS) party for the film’s underlying critique of its policies.
Polish distributor Kino Świat pushed on with the Polish release nonetheless with Holland doing her promotional tour with security guards by her side.
PiS lost its parliamentary majority in general elections in October and a centre-left coalition led by Donald Tusk is expected to take the reins of power in the coming weeks.
Following its prize-winning Venice debut, Green Border also screened at TIFF, New York Film Festival, and AFI Fest.
The drama is also nominated for three European Film Awards including Best European Film, ahead of the EFA ceremony in Berlin on December 9.
The North American deal for Green Border was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Julien Razafindranaly for Films Boutique.
In the UK, Green Border will be released by Modern Films, who will back the film for the European Film Awards and the BAFTAs.
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release in 2024, followed by a home video, educational, and digital release on all major platforms.