Agnieszka Holland is one of Europe's most revered movie directors. A daughter of a Jewish father whose family perished in a ghetto and a Catholic mother who helped rescue Jews during World War II, she used that background to helm a number of realistic, haunting, brutal films... many of them about the Holocaust.
Holland's most famous movie is probably "Europa Europa", about a Jewish boy who pretends to be German during the war. It won numerous accolades overseas, which meant Hollywood came calling.
So which project Hollywood project did Holland get take on? She was chosen to direct a picture about a different type of a walled-off society: "The Secret Garden". Yes, that secret garden, the somewhat beloved children's classic.
Needless to say, Holland and Hollywood were not exactly a match, that is until she met David Simon. The two cooperated on a number or projects, which indluded Holland directing episodes of "The Wire".
Realistic? Haunting? Brutal? Sounds like a match, be it in a different type of ghetto...