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1 October 2018

“Cold War” by Paweł Pawlikowski, funded by the Silesian Film Fund, is Poland’s Oscar candidate!

On September 24, the Oscar Committee chaired by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek unanimously chose Paweł Pawlikowski’s film “Cold War” as the Polish candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In the justification, we can read: “«Cold War» – artistically fulfilled, universal story of impossible love, inscribed in the turbulent history of 20th century Poland. Paweł Pawlikowski’s film captivates with its performance, excellent acting and unique use of Polish folk music motifs. The previous successes of the film on the international arena will certainly help in further promotional activities.” (source: www.pisf.pl).

Pawlikowski’s film has already received several awards at international film events. Its participation in the Main Competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director Award for Pawlikowski attracted the attention of the world’s film press and community, which appreciated both the film’s artistic merits and the great acting performances by Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. The film also received the award for Best European Film at the Cinematik International Film Festival in Piešťany, which is awarded by 15 film critics from 15 European countries. It was screened at the most important film festivals, including the Karlovy Vary IFF, Toronto IFF, San Sebastian IFF. At the recently closed 43rd Gdynia Film Festival, it received the Golden Lions for Best Film.

“Cold War” was not only a massive artistic success, but it was also appreciated by Polish audiences: more than 800 000 viewers saw Pawlikowski’s film in Polish cinemas. There are plans for distribution in other European countries, in North America, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The film will arrive in US cinemas at the end of December, while in January, we will learn if “Cold War” will be among the five nominees competing for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on February 24, 2019.


The film „Cold War” was co-financed with funds from the Silesian Film Fund.

photos: distributor’s promo materials