Oscar 2017: Spoor, Directed by Agnieszka Holland, is Poland’s Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

SPOOR, directed by the esteemed filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, is Poland’s selection for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The tale’s protagonist is Duszejko, an eccentric retired construction engineer, an astrologist and a vegetarian, who 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 neighbor, 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. When the police investigation proves ineffective, Duszejko develops her own theory, that all murders were committed by wild animals.

The film was the winner of the Silver Bear of the 2017 Berlin Film Fest and the winner of Best Film at the Fantasia Film Fest. It was an official selection of the New York, Rio de Janeiro, and London Film Festivals.


Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Miroslav Krobot, Jakub Gierszał, Patricia Volny, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Andrzej Grabowski


Producers: Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wąchała

Screenplay: Olga Tokarczuk and Agnieszka Holland, based on ‘Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead’ by Olga Tokarczuk

Director: Agnieszka Holland (in collaboration with Kasia Adamik)


Runtime: 128 min


Language: In Polish with English subtitles