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Polish movie at Berlin Film Festival

The latest movie by Polish director Agnieszka Holland has been included in the main competition of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

Entitled Mr. Jones, the new Agnieszka Holland film traces the life of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who reported on the Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine that killed millions in 1932 and 1933.

According to historians, the famine was devised by Stalin to eliminate a Ukrainian independence movement.

Jones was murdered in 1935 under mysterious circumstances amid suspicions that his death had been engineered by the Soviet NKVD police.

In the film, Jones is portrayed by English actor James Norton, while Vanessa Kirby plays Ada Brooks, a New York Times reporter who helps the main hero uncover the Soviet government’s genocidal policies.

Several Polish actors are on the cast of Mr. Jones.

The film’s screening in Berlin will mark its world premiere.

In 2017, Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

This year’s festival opens in Berlin on February 7.

Holland’s credits include In Darkness; Europa, Europa; A Secret Garden; Washington Square; The Third Miracle; To Kill a Priest; Total Eclipse and Copying Beethoven.

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