‘Cold War’ nominated for UK indie film award

Polish Director Pawel Pawlikowski poses with the Best Director award for 'Cold War' (Zimna Wojna) at the the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2018 in Cannes, France. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Polish movie “Cold War”, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, was nominated for the best foreign film at the British Independent Film Awards in London.

‘Cold War’ chosen for Oscar race

Polish movie “Cold War” will be a candidate for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Mr Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” won him the Palme d'Or for best director in the Cannes Film Festival in April, the Grand Prix award in Slovakia’s Cinematik International Film Festival and the Golden Lion at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

“Cold War” is a romance set against the backdrop of Cold War reality as seen in Poland, Germany, former Yugoslavia and France.

In 2014, Pawlikowski's previous film "Ida" was nominated in the same category. Then the prize finally went to Richard Linklater for the movie “Boyhood”.

In 2015, Mr Pawlikowski won the 2015 foreign language Oscar for “Ida,” also set in the Communist era, but about crimes against Jews in Nazi-German occupied Poland. This year “Cold War” will also compete in the Academy Awards.

Both “Ida” and “Cold War” were shot in square format and in black and white.

Mr Pawlikowski, 61, who was driven into exile at the age of 14, lived most of his life in Britain. He fled from Poland with his ballerina mother to the West. He now lives in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

The protagonists of “Cold War” are named after Mr Pawlikowski’s late parents. Zula and Wiktor, mismatched musicians in post-war Poland, cannot live without each other, but at the same time cannot be together. “Cold War” is a romantic adventure thriving on contrasts.

The winners of the 21st British Independent Film Awards will be announced on December 2, 2018.

“Cold War” will be contending for the best international independent film with four other films: Capernaum, The Rider, Roma and Shoplifters.