First Polish Palme d'Or nomination in 37 years

Paweł Pawlikowski. Phillips

“Cold war” a new drama directed by the Polish Oscar-winning director, Paweł Pawlikowski has been nominated for the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

"Cold War", will compete for the Golden Palm at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the first Polish production in 37 years, to enter the main competition in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The director, Paweł Pawlikowski, won an Oscar for his film “Ida” in 2015.

“Cold war” tells an impossible love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who can't live with or without each other. It takes place during the Cold War times of the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe.

The cast includes Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, and Ida co-star Agata Kulesza.

Cold War was produced by Polish Opus Film studio and UK Apocalypso Pictures, in co-production with French MK Production. Pawlikowski wrote the screenplay with the acclaimed, late Polish screenwriter Janusz Glowacki, in addition to directing it. It marks Pawlikowski’s follow up to “Ida,” which was the first Polish film to win the foreign-language Oscar in 2015 and was a huge international success. It also won BAFTA for the best foreign language film, among other awards.

The Anglo-Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski immigrated to the UK in his teens. He began his career with documentaries about the Eastern Bloc and English-language fiction films including My Summer Of Love, which marked Emily Blunt’s film debut, and The Woman On The Fifth, before returning to Poland to make Ida.

Prior to Pawlikowski’s nomination this year, the last film from Poland to reach the competition stage was Man of Iron, directed by the late Andrzej Wajda, who went on to win the Palme d'Or.

Cannes Film Festival will take place from 8 to 19 May.