Natpe Europe: Agnieszka Holland to Direct Third Season of 'House of Cards'

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Oscar-nominated in 1986 for "Angry Harvest" and in 1992 for "Europa Europa," Poland's Holland now has another Holocaust film in strong contention, Sony Pictures Classics' "In Darkness," a fact-based saga of Jews hidden from Nazis in Lvov sewers by a Polish Catholic crook.

Holland, who most recently helmed the NBC miniseries "Rosemary's Baby," will shoot two episodes of the upcoming season of the Netflix political drama.

Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) has signed on to helm two episodes of Netflix political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Holland, whose latest U.S. television work was the four-part Rosemary's Baby miniseries for NBC, did not reveal much detail about the episodes she will shoot, except to say they would be mid-season. “Netflix started the shoot in the summer, and I didn't want to do that, so the episodes I do will be later,” she said during a Q&A session at television market Natpe Europe in Prague.

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She was also unable to offer any third-season spoilers for House of Cards addicts, saying she wouldn't even see the scripts “until one week, if I'm lucky two weeks, before we shoot.”

The acclaimed filmmaker, whose TV credits also include work on The Wire, The Killing and Treme, said she was excited to see where the series' writers would take their characters after the upheaval of season two.

“Season two took the characters so far out in terms of behavior, I'm curious to see where they will go with the next one [season],” Holland said.

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In addition to House of Cards, Holland has also signed on to direct the first in a series of hour-long dramas based on the best-selling period crime novels of Polish writer Marek Krajewski.

Holland will direct Death in Breslau, the first of Krajewski's Inspector Mock thrillers. They follow Eberhard Mock, a hard-boiled police detective working in 1930s Breslau, when the city (which the Polish know as Wroclaw) was part of Germany.

The thriller is the first in a series of Inspector Mock dramas which Warsaw-based ATM Grupa is producing for television. Holland's Death in Breslau will also be released theatrically in Poland.

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Andrzej Muszynski, who is executive producing the series for ATM, said the project was being set up as a co-production with a Polish pay-TV partner and a German production and broadcaster partner. The Inspector Mock series which will be shot in English with plans to begin principle photography in Poland next year.

The four Inspector Mock films will all be set in the 1930s during the rise of Nazism. Muszynski told THR that ATM has secured rights to develop original films based on the Inspector Mock character but not adapted from Krajewski's novels.


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