An award-winning love story set against the background of the Cold War Europe will open the 2018 Sarajevo Film Festival, the organizers said.
“Cold War” (2018, 84′), by Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski, won the Best Director Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Polish director will attend the screening in Sarajevo on August 10, the first day of the SFF.
Pawlikowski was in Sarajevo in 2014 to present his “Ida” (2013, 82′) at the 20th SFF.
Staring Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Agata Kulesza, Jeanne Balibar and Cédric Kahn, “Cold War” is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and left Poland at the age of 14. He started making documentaries for BBC in the late 1980s. In 1998, Pawlikowski moved into fiction with a low-budget television film “Twockers”, which was followed by two full-length features, “Last Resort” and “My Summer of Love”, both of which he wrote and directed. Both films won British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, as well as many others at festivals around the world.
“Ida” won the 2015 Foreign Language Academy Award, five European Film Awards, a BAFTA and a Goya. Pawlikowski returned to Poland in 2013 while completing “Ida”. He teaches film directing and writing at the Wajda School.