Pawel Pawlikowski – Best Director at Cannes
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“I am showing history through people, through emotions with all its complexities and paradoxes. To show history like that is really important these days, to go against the tendency to push everything into ideological narrative. The fact that it is appreciated here will make a difference in Poland. Poland is an interesting country. It is not how it appears to outsiders these days, believe me,” the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski revealed, accepting the ‘Best Director’ Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his film ‘Cold War’.
Pawlikowski stated while accepting the award, “It is a rare piece of good news. There is more to Poland, than you see on the news now.”
Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ becomes the first Polish film in 37 years to compete in Cannes Film Festival. The film is a tumultuous romance in post-war Poland and Paris, behind and outside the Soviet Iron Curtain. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the 1950s Stalinist Poland, as well as in Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the love story depicts love between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments. ‘Cold War’ is based on a tempestuous love story of his parents.