Two Hearts, two Hurts; Different Sex? An Interview with Agnieszka Holland
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Agnieszka Holland's 'A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story', a 2006 TV-film, almost unknown in Poland, was for many American transsexuals and their families a moment of revelation. Made for the Lifetime channel, a station specializing in family programming, such as good food programs, the film was not only screened during prime-time but also was seen by a record number of viewers, usually reserved for great cinema blockbusters. During the first showing of the film, the story of Eddy-Gwen, a transsexual boy, was seen by over five million viewers. Hollands film met not only with great commercial success but also with critical acclaim of the press and film critics (the film was awarded a number of prizes). The author talks to the director about the problem of transsexualism, about Polish cinema that is unable to believably present eroticism and also about depicting sexual matters in her own films. The interview serves as a context for author's complementary article that brings the film closer to the readers.
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