In a remote mountain town the hunters become the hunted in this Berlinale Silver Bear-winner by the great Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, SFF 1991; The Wire; House of Cards).
Janina (Agnieszka Mandat) is a retired engineer, astrologist and vegetarian, who is horrified by the hunting that takes place around her mountain village. The death of a local poacher sets off a mysterious series of events, and the grisly body count of local hunters starts to rise, as Janina tries to convince the police force that the wild animals are finally taking revenge.
Spoor plays out as a fabulous fairy tale with a strident ecological viewpoint, and is infused with dark humour. Holland, a distinguished director of both cinema and television, uses the brilliant, forceful leading performance of Mandat to powerful effect in a film that both thrills and offers much to think about.
Misfortune stalking a small town, the natural world enforcing balance, or both? Spoor’s narrative defies easy categorisation but invites considerable contemplation… Pondering imbalances of power is always timely, and here, it adds an extra layer of urgency and commentary to an already potent and perceptive offering. – Sarah Ward, Screen International
The Polish master returns with the strange eco-thriller that marches to its own beat… Spoor remains witty throughout, breaking even the tensest moments with the lead’s acid-tongued appraisals of the local hunters and their ‘testosterone related autism’. – Ben Croll, Indiewire
Agnieszka Holland in collaboration with Kasia Adamik
Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovak Republic
Polish with English subtitles
Olga Tokarczuk, Agnieszka Holland
Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wachala
Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Miroslav Krobot
World Sales: Beta Films