‘Cold War’ chosen for Oscar race

The Polish movie “Cold War”, directed by Piotr Pawlikowski, will be a candidate for an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.

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The decision was announced on Monday by the Oscar Committee, the body of 13-people created by the director of the Polish Film Institute, and accepted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The committee chose “Cold War” from a total of 33 films. The decision was unanimous.

"’Cold War’ - an 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,” the committee wrote in a statement justifying its decision.

The Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said this was a good decision. “I think the choice was quite obvious. I congratulate the creators and producers of ‘Cold War’, which undoubtedly is a good candidate for an Oscar,” he said.

The world premiere of the movie took place during the 71st Cannes Film Festival this year. For the first time since 1990 a Polish language film participated in the main competition of this festival. Its director, Paweł Pawlikowski received the award for the best director in Cannes.

“Cold War” is very popular among Polish viewers. As many as 800,000 people were attracted by this movie, which places it in fifth place at the Polish box office. The film is screening in around 40 foreign countries. In the US it will be distributed by Amazon and its premiere is scheduled for December.

Apart from success of Mr Pawlikowski at Cannes, “Cold War” won the Best European Film Award of the Year at the Cinematik Piestany Film Festival in Slovakia, it has a chance to be nominated for the European Film Award in the category "Best European Film". These nominations will be announced on November 10.

Recently, the film received an award for the best Polish film shown in this year’s main competition during the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

One of Mr Pawlikowski’s films has already received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2013, an Oscar went to “Ida”. It was the first such award for a Polish movie.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accepts proposals from candidates for Oscars until October 1. Then it will select the films, actors and other filmmakers that will receive nominations for these awards. Oscars will be awarded during the ceremony on February 24, 2019.