A new movie by Poland’s Agnieszka Holland was given a warm welcome in the main competition at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday.
The Polish director’s movie, entitled Mr. Jones, traces the life of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who reported on the Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine which killed millions in 1932 and 1933.
Poland’s Rzeczpospolita daily reported the movie was one of the highlights of the festival in Berlin.
British daily The Guardian gave the movie 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “bold and heartfelt.”
Gareth Jones was murdered in 1935 in mysterious circumstances amid suspicions that his death had been engineered by the Soviet NKVD secret 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 hero uncover the Soviet government’s genocidal policies.