Polish Cinema: Agnieszka Holland Named President of Polish Film Academy

April 24, 2008–Agnieszka Holland, accalimed Polish and international director (“Europa, Europa”), has been named the new president of the Polish Film Academy. The members of the Academy nominate and vote for the winners of the Eagle Awards for the best Polish films of the year.

Among Holland's best-known films are “Europa, Europa,” which captured an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1991, and Olivier, Olivier.” Others include “Total Eclipse,” “To Kill a Priest,” about the murder of pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko, “Washington Square,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Copying Beethoven.”

Founded in 2003, the Polish Academy has more than 500 members.