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Krzysztof Zanussi (Producer), Borys Szyc, Jakub Gierszał, Patricia Volny, Wiktor Zborowski, Agnieszka Mandat (Cast), Agnieszka Holland (Director, Screenwriter), Olga Tokarczuk (Author), Miroslav Krobot (Actor), Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin

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Retired civil engineer Duszejko lives a secluded life in a mountain village close to the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. She is charismatic and eccentric, a passionate astrologer and a strict vegetarian. One day her beloved dogs disappear. On a snowy winter’s night shortly afterwards she discovers the dead body of her neighbour and, next to it, deer tracks. More men die in a similarly mysterious way. All of them were pillars of the village community, and all were passionate hunters. Were these men killed by wild animals? Or has someone been provoked to pursue a bloody vendetta? At some point Duszejko herself comes under suspicion ...
After her foray into the realm of serialised drama, Agnieszka Holland returns to the big screen with a subversive thriller. Pokot is set in a landscape of changing seasons; however, the wild beauty of the countryside cannot hide the corrupt nature, cruelty and stupidity of the people who live there. Deeply rooted in the reality of rural Poland, the film is as anarchic as its heroine, and boldly mixes genres – from humorous detective story to exciting eco-thriller to feminist fairy-tale.

Agnieszka Holland

Poland / Germany / Czech Republic / Sweden / Slovak Republic 2017


128’ · Colour


Agnieszka Mandat (Duszejko)
Wiktor Zborowski (Matoga)
Miroslav Krobot (Boros)
Jakub Gierszał (Dyzio)
Patricia Volny (Dobra Nowina/Good News)
Borys Szyc (Wnętrzak)


Agnieszka Holland
In Cooperation with
Kasia Adamik
Olga Tokarczuk, Agnieszka Holland, adapted from the novel “Der Gesang der Fledermäuse“ by Olga Tokarczuk
Jolanta Dylewska, Rafał Paradowski
Stills Photographer
Robert Pałka
Pavel Hrdlička
Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Sound Design
Mattias Eklund
Andrzej Lewandowski, Mattias Eklund
Production Design
Joanna Macha
Katarzyna Lewińska
Janusz Kaleja
Assistant Director
Hubert Koprowicz
Weronika Migoń
Production Manager
Andrzej Besztak
Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wąchała
Executive Producer
Janusz Wąchała
Johannes Rexin, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý, Fredrik Zander, Jakub Viktorin
Heimatfilm, Köln
Nutprodukce, Prag
Chimney, Stockholm
Nutprodukcia, Bratislava


Agnieszka Holland

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, she graduated from the FAMU film school in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieślowski on the screenplay of his Three Colors trilogy. 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 a Berlinale Silver Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films In Darkness, Europa Europa and Angry Harvest were all nominated for an Academy Award.

Filmography (selection)

1979 Aktorzy prowincjonalni (Provinzschauspieler) · Aktorzy prowincjonalni (Provinzschauspieler) 1981 Gorączka (Fieber) · Gorączka (Fieber) · Kobieta samotna (Eine alleinstehende Frau) · Kobieta samotna (Eine alleinstehende Frau) 1985 Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) · Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) 1988 To Kill a Priest (Der Priestermord) · To Kill a Priest (Der Priestermord) 1990 Hitlerjunge Salomon (Europa Europa) · Hitlerjunge Salomon (Europa, Europa) 1991 Largo desolato · Largo Desolato 1992 Olivier, Olivier · Olivier, Olivier 1993 The Secret Garden (Der geheime Garten) · The Secret Garden (Der geheime Garten) 1995 Total Eclipse · Total Eclipse 1997 Washington Square · Washington Square 1999 The Third Miracle (Das dritte Wunder) · The Third Miracle (Das dritte Wunder) 2002 Julie Walking Home · Julie Walking Home 2006 Copying Beethoven (Klang der Stille) · Copying Beethoven (Klang der Stille) 2009 Janosik. Prawdziwa historia (Janosik. The Real Story) · Janosik. Prawdziwa Historia (Janosik. The Real Story) 2011 In Darkness · In Darkness 2015 House of Cards; TV series, 2 episodes · House of Cards; TV series, 2 episodes 2017 Pokot (Spoor) · Pokot (Spoor) 2019 Mr. Jones · Mr. Jones 2020 Charlatan

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

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