PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Agnieszka Holland, director of the film Pokot (Spoor).
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Agnieszka Holland is back with a new film, Pokot (Spoor), in competition at the 67th Berlinale. She had wanted to adapt a novel by Olga Tokarczuk for such a long time and with Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, the times has finally come. The thriller adventures of the book’s main character proved to be perfect for a film adaptation. In Pokot or Spoor, the international title, Agnieszka Mandat is a retired old lady who is an english part-time teacher at the local elementary school. She will eventually become involved in series of crimes happenig in her little city in Poland. Director Agnieszka Holland and her protagonist Ms Duszejko are very similar, according to the director as they are both stubborn, fightrs and animal-rights activists. It is actually very difficult not to identify and relate to Ms Duszejko as this is something Agnieszka strongly wanted to achieve. The film is morally ambiguous and it is set in Poland because it was about time that director Holland would talk about her country’s contradictions, a No Country for Old Women.
Pokot (Spoor): Duszejko, an eccentric retired construction engineer, an astrologist and a vegetarian, lives in a small mountain village on the Czech-Polish border. One day her beloved dogs disappear. A few months later she discovers a dead body of her neighbour, a poacher. The only traces leading to the mysterious death are those of roe deer hooves around the house… As time goes by, more grisly killings are discovered. The victims, all hunters, belonged to the local elite. The police investigation proves ineffective. Duszejko has her own theory: all murders were committed by wild animals…