Cannes-winning Polish film to open Sarajevo film festival

Paweł Pawlikowski Stach Leszczyński

The film Cold War by Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski has been chosen to open the 24th film festival in Sarajevo, which will be held between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The award winning film will be screened simultaneously in two venues on the opening day of the festival – at the Sarajevo Theater and Raiffeisen Open Air Cinema. 

Pawlikowski is expected to attend the screening and one day later he is scheduled to speak with festival guests during an event called "Coffee with ..." where famous filmmakers meet with festival guests and answer questions about their work. 

Pawlikowski won the “Best Director” award at the Cannes Film Festival last month for the drama which tells the story of two people of completely different character and background who fall in love during the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Europe. The story is partly based on the real story of Pawlikowski's parents. The cast includes some of the most famous names in Polish cinema, including Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc and Agata Kulesza. The film was shot in several countries, including Yugoslavia, Poland, and Yugoslavia.

This will be Pawlikowski’s second visit to the Sarajevo Film Festival, one of the largest and most important film festivals in Europe. Over the years, the festival has hosted some of the most famous names in the global film industry including Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Depardieu and more. 

In 2014 Pawlikowski was the guest of honor of the festival with the film "Ida" which won the Academy Award for best foreign film in 2015.