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The Film That Lit My Fuse: Oscar-Nominated ‘Europa Europa’ Director Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Agnieszka Holland, the Oscar-nominated writer and director of Europa Europa. The Polish filmmaker studied her art at FAMU in Prague and began directing in 1970. She has clinched awards for films including 2017’s Pokot and has also directed episodes of acclaimed TV series including The Wire and House Of Cards. Her most recent features are Mr. Jones and Charlatan.

In The Film That Lit My Fuse she talks about her love of works by directors including Akira Kurosawa and reveals how uncertainty helps improve the quality of her filmmaking. Holland also says that The Godfather Part II made her question if she could ever capture the heights of a director like Francis Ford Coppola. Holland adds that the film industry needs to improve its game if it’s going to lure people back to the cinema amid coronavirus.

Check out the video above.

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