He did it! Polish director wins prestigious award!

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Palme d”Or  for best director in Cannes. British-Polish film director Paweł Pawlikowski returns to the big screen with his new film ‘Cold War’ and wins!

The film, selected for the official competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, was the first Polish film to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or award since Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’ scooped up the major award in 2002.

‘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.

Speaking about the film to a Polish radio broadcaster, Pawlikowski said: “Politics is only the background for a love story, it influences matters. We have situations like Stalinism, emigration, and so on. But in reality, it’s really about a man and a woman, and the complications between them.”

Pawlikowski’s previous film ‘Ida’ (2013) for which he won an Oscar- the story of a novice nun in 1960’s Poland who, prior to taking her religious vows, discovers the secrets of her own family’s past.

This sombre, quiet and beautifully constructed black and white film was a somewhat unlikely candidate for becoming an international hit, yet it went on to win numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year 2015 and a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language 2015.

‘Cold War’ sees Pawlikowski reunited with a few of the actors from ‘Ida’, including Agata Kulesza who won Best Supporting Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her role in that film.