Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for BIFA award

Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' (Zimna Wojna) is among five films nominated for the British Independent Film Awards in the Best Foreign Independent Film category, the Polish Film Institute announced on Friday.

In 2014, Pawlikowski's previous film "Ida" was nominated in the same category. At that time, the prize finally went to Richard Linklater for his 'Boyhood.'

BIFA, along with BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) - is one of the most important awards of the British film industry.

The presentation of the 21st British Independent Film Awards will take place on December 2, 2018.

'Cold War' has been put forward by the Polish Oscar Committee for the 2019 American Academy Award (Oscar) in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

In late September, 'Cold War' was awarded the Golden Lions award for Best Film at the 43rd Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia, it also won the award for editing and sound production. Earlier in the year, Pawlikowski won the Best Director Award at the Cannes International Film Festival.

'Cold War’ follows the story of two mismatched lovers of different temperaments and backgrounds, whose complex and nigh-on impossible relationship is written in destiny.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the story revolves around a tour by the popular Polish folk music and dance ensemble Mazowsze, which was originally founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Polish post-war communist government in 1948.

Pawlikowski won the Palme d'Or for best director at the 71st International Film Festival in Cannes for 'Cold War.'

The film is defined as the most personal work of Paweł Pawlikowski, as 'clearly Polish' and as the most universal at the same time. The director left Poland when he was 10. 'Cold War' is dedicated to his parents - the main characters, Zula and Wiktor, are named after them.