Agnieszka Holland & Kasia Adamik to Direct Netflix’s First Original Polish-Language Series

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It’s been quite a week for Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik. Just days ago Poland announced their collaboration “Spoor” as the country’s pick in the foreign-language Oscar race, and now comes word that the two directors are re-teaming for Netflix’s first original series in the Polish language. A press release revealed that the pair will direct the debut eight-episode season of an as-yet untitled alternative history series.

According to the streaming giant’s official synopsis, the series “takes place in a world where the Iron Curtain never fell. Now, in 2002, 20 years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1982 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic law student and a disgraced police investigator stumble upon a conspiracy that has kept the Iron Curtain standing and Poland living under a repressive police state. After two decades of peace and prosperity, the leaders of the regime enact a secret plan that was made with an unlikely adversary in the 1980s that will radically transform Poland and affect the lives of every citizen in the nation — and the world. What these two men discover has the potential to ignite a popular revolution and those in power will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.”

“We are really happy that we’ll be able to combine the wonderful experience of the Netflix team, our great American producers and writer, with Polish talent and a Polish sensibility,” Holland commented.

The new series will shoot in Poland and is expected to launch on Netflix in 2018.

In Darkness” and “Europa, Europa” are among Holland’s previous feature credits. She received an Oscar nomination for writing the latter, and scored an Emmy nod in 2010 for directing an episode of “Treme.” She’s also helmed episodes of series such as “House of Cards,” “The Killing,” and “The Wire.”

Adamik, who served as collaborating director on “Spoor,” made her feature debut with this year’s crime thriller “Amok.” She’s helmed episodes of “The Border” and “Without Secret.”

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