Pawel Pawlikowski's new film is a passionate love story between a composer drafted after WWII to work for the Polish national folklore ensemble, and a young girl, who quickly becomes the ensemble's leading star. Shot in black and white, with the same sober qualities and concentration which distinguished Pawlikowski's IDA, this encounter between two different people, with different backgrounds and temperaments, fatally mismatched and yet unable to separate, was inspired to a great extent by the lives of the director's parents. Rushing after each other from Warsaw to Berlin, from Jugoslavia to Paris, over a period of 12 years, it seems that everything stands in the lovers' way to happiness together. Set against the background of the Cold War, whose chill spreads all over their relationship, Pawlikowski's film was awarded Best Director at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Screening attended by the producer: Ewa Puszczyoska
PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI – Based for a long time in UK, Pawel Pawlikowski studied philosophy and literature at Oxford. His second film, "The Last Resort” (2000), was enthusiastically received by the critics, and won the British Academy Award for Most Promising Director. His next film, “My Summer of Love”, was crowned Best Film by the British Academy in 2005. “Ida” (2013), a master stroke that brought him the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, was generally considered one of the most remarkable films of that year. Since 2013, Pawlikowski has returned to Poland and lives in Warsaw.