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Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland says she hopes Hillary Clinton becomes president
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By Helena Andrews October 13 at 8:38 AM
Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards” (AP Photo/Netflix, Melinda Sue Gordon)
On Friday night, Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland made a pit stop in Washington, taking a tiny break from directing two episodes of Netflix’s “House of Cards” in Baltimore.
Speaking at an event at the Polish ambassador’s residence on Embassy Row, the semi-suburban Northwest D.C. neighborhood that many foreign diplomats call home, Holland wouldn’t reveal too much about the show, of course. But she did call out one of Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf’s famous neighbors.
When asked if she thought calculating first lady Claire Underwood, the series’ close approximation of Lady Macbeth, might make a run for president in seasons to come, Holland said that television “often predicts real life,” adding that she hoped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would one day be president. The Clintons have a home around the corner, on Whitehaven Street.
The “Cards” production is not Holland’s first time filming in Baltimore. She directed five episodes of David Simon’s “The Wire” there.
In 1992, Holland’s Holocaust film, “Europa, Europa,” was nominated for an Academy Award.
“She’s maybe the most political filmmaker they’re having direct ‘House of Cards,’ ” said Washington-based filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who plans to film a documentary on Holland’s career.