Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for five European Film Awards

The European Film Awards (EFA) have announced that Paweł Pawlikowski's film 'Cold War' has been nominated in the categories of film, screenwriter, director, actress and actor.

The main characters in 'Cold War' are Zula and Wiktor (played by Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot), a young girl seeking success as a member of a rising folklore ensemble called Mazurek (loosely based on the legendary Polish folk ensemble Mazowsze) and an older man who is a pianist and her instructor.

The film is rooted in the world of Polish traditional folk music and also features jazz and Parisienne bar songs from a bygone era.

The story revolves around the love between two people who cannot live without each other, yet cannot be together. The story takes place during the 1950s-1960s in a variety of European locations, including Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

The screenplay for 'Cold War' was written by Paweł Pawlikowski and Janusz Głowacki. The cameraman was Łukasz Żal and the soundtrack was composed by Marcin Masecki. The film also co-stars renowned Polish actors Boris Szyc and Agata Kulesza.

As well as being the Polish nomination for next year's Oscar Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, 'Cold War' also stands a chance of winning a BIFA (British Independent Film Award) in the category of Best Independent Foreign Film.

At this year's 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (northern Poland), the movie was awarded the prestigious Złote Lwy (Golden Lions Award) and also picked up awards for best editing and sound. Pawlikowski was also the recipient of the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year.