Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War won big at the 31st European Film Awards in Seville, southern Spain, on Saturday.
The film won awards in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Editor categories, in addition to Joanna Kulig bagging the Best Actress Award.
Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, the film won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is Poland’s entry in the contest for the Academy Award in foreign-language film category.
The renowned director has lived and worked most of his life in the UK. He garnered much acclaim for a string of award-winning documentaries in the 1990s and for his feature films Last Resort and My Summer of Love, both of which won a BAFTA and many other European awards.
His film Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in February 2015, the first Polish film to do so.
Given in over 10 categories and restricted to European cinema, producers, directors, and actors, the European Film Awards have been presented annually since 1988 to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements.
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