Provincial Actors / Aktorzy Prowincjonalni
Agnieszka Holland, Poland, 1979
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Script: Agnieszka Holland, Witold Zatorski
Producer: Waldemar Król
Production company: Film Polski, Polish Corporation for Film Production, Zespól Filmowy "X"
Cinematography: Jacek Petrycki
Editing: Halina Nawrocka
Music: Andrzej Zarycki
Cast: Halina Labonarska, Tadeusz Huk, Iwona Biernacka, Ewa Dalkowska, Slawa Kwasniewska, Kazimiera Nogajówna, Janina Ordezanka, Krystyna Wachelko-Zaleska
Format: video
Running time: 105'

The film is set in a small town near Warsaw, to which a young and coming director comes to produce a classic play ('Wyspianski’s Wyzwolenie') with a modern vein. Everyone in the production get their usual stereotypical roles, but the aging idol of the ensemble senses opportunity to give the performance of his life. For young director everything is already set. The leading man, however, is not giving up and is trying to restore the role according to his view. His wife listens to his fears, complaints and frustrations, while resigning herself to a fading career in a puppet theatre.

Awards and Festivals
Cannes Film Festival 1978 – FIPRESCI Prize

Directors Biography
Agnieszka Holland was born in Warsaw, Poland. Best recognized for her highly political contributions to Polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland’s most prominent filmmakers. Her first feature film, 'Provincial Actors' (1979), won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes. Her other features include 'Fever' (1980), 'A Woman Alone' (1981), 'To Kill a Priest' (1988), 'Europa Europa' (1990), 'Olivier, Olivier' (1992), 'The Secret Garden' (1993), 'Total Eclipse' (1995), 'Washington Square' (1997), 'The Third Miracle' (1999), 'Julie Walking Home' (2002), 'Copying Beethoven' (2006), 'In Darkness' (2011), and 'Burning Bush' (2013). Her 2011 film, 'In Darkness', was in the competition for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Friday, October 25th at 20.30