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Country: POLAND, SLOVAKIA, GERMANY, CZECHIA, SWEDEN
Run Time: 127 minutes
Janina Duszejko has retired to a mountain village on the Czech border. She is an astrology enthusiast and a passionate advocate of animal rights. Her village, filled with cruel and ruthless hunters, trappers, and poachers, sees her as a harmless old eccentric—until the day her beloved dogs go missing, possibly murdered by hunters. Powerless against corrupt police and officials, Janina begins a one-woman crusade to fight for these helpless victims, warning that nature will retaliate. Suddenly, a series of bizarre deaths begin, and all the victims are hunters. Evidence suggests a serial killer and that it may even be Mother Nature herself, urging her woodland creatures to hunt the hunters. Have Janina’s horoscopes foretold the vengeance of nature, or is the killer a villager hunting their own kind? SPOOR is a brilliantly twisted ecological parable that will thrill you with superb visuals and performances, while gleefully upending your moral core by what (or possibly who) it will have you cheering for. (In Polish with subtitles) —C.R.
SPOOR was selected as Poland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:20 AM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:15 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:15 AM
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Agnieszka Holland was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948. She graduated from FAMU in Prague in 1971. She is one of Poland’s most eminent filmmakers.
Angry Harvest (1985), To Kill a Priest (1988), Europa Europa (1990), The Secret Garden (1993), Washington Square (1997), In Darkness (2011), SPOOR (2017)
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Olga Tokarczuk, Agnieszka Holland
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