Replacing Yves Marmion, who was elected Chairman of the EFA Board in December 2005, the Polish director takes over the position in January 2014.
Agnieszka Holland, photo: Marek Wiśniewski / Puls Biznesu / Forum
The Polish three time Oscar nominee who casts Leonardo Di Caprio, Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Julie Delpy and directs episodes of American crime drama television series, Agnieszka Holland, was chosen to chair the European Film Academy, a society of European filmmakers founded in 1988 by Ingmar Bergman. Initially uniting a mere 40 directors, by 1996, when Wim Wenders took over the President's seat from Bergman, it opened up to new members and the industry as such. It's most prestigious activitiy is the organisation of the European Film Awards.
A European equivalent of the Oscars, right alongside the French Cesars, the British BAFTAS and the Spanish Goyas, the European Film Awards are an exclusively European affair. Their bearer can only be a European producer, director or actor. Awards are given in over ten categories of which the most important is the Film of the year. Europe was still divided when in 1988 Krzysztof Kieślowski received the first ever award for Best Film (Short Film About Killing), he famously said,
I hope Poland is part of Europe
25 years later, on its silver anniversary the Best Full Length Animation went to Ari Folman's The Congress, a major league adaptation of Stanisław Lem's precocious novel from 1971 - The Futurological Congress.
Sources: Polish language article by BS, European Film Academy
Editor: Mai Jones 08.12.2013