‘Cold War’ hogs the honours at the 2018 European Film Festival

Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski (3-L) and his team members pose with all their awards for their film 'Cold War' during the 2018 European Film Awards (EFA) ceremony at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville on 15 December 2018. PAP/EPA

‘Cold War’ came away as the big winner at this year’s European Film Festival, picking up five awards including best director, screenwriter and actress.

The drama, filmed in black and white and set in the 1950s and 60s, charts the difficult relationship between a young singer and a musical director over a number of years.

In what turned out to be a night of success for ‘Cold War’ at the festival, it won the best film award while Paweł Pawlikowski, its director, picked up the award for best director, which he then dedicated to his parents, whose lives ‘Cold War’ is loosely based upon. The 61-year-old director also walked away with award for best screenwriter.

Pawlikowski receives the Best European Director award for his film 'Cold War' during the 2018 European Film Awards (EFA) ceremony.PAP/EPA

Joanna Kulig, who plays the singer, won best actress while Jarosław Kamiński picked up the best editor award.

The film’s success at the European Film Festival, which was held in Spain, follows on from the Cannes festival earlier this year where Pawlikowski won the award for best director. Its night of glory in Spain also sets ‘Cold War’ up well for the Oscars in which it is in the running for the best foreign language film.

 Pawlikowski has already picked up one Oscar for his film ‘Ida’ that won the best foreign language film award in 2014.

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