Paweł Pawlikowski has garnered a reputation for doing things his own way. He began his career in 1990, crafting BBC-commissioned documentaries around Eastern Europe. His first two feature films received top accolades at the BAFTA Awards: Last Resort (2000) won the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, and My Summer of Love (2005) took home the prestigious Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. Following The Woman in the Fifth (2011) starring MVFF 2017 Tributee Kristin Scott Thomas, Pawlikowski took a brief hiatus after the sudden death of his wife. In 2013, Pawlikowski delved into his past and re-surfaced with Ida, which would go on to win awards at every major festival, including the Oscarâ for Best Foreign Language Film. His latest film, Cold War, explores the dynamic of his parents’ love affair during the Soviet Era and won the Best Director prize at Cannes.
OUR TRIBUTE PROGRAM features an onstage conversation with Paweł Pawlikowski, a screening of COLD WAR, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.
Oscar®-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War paints an exquisitely rendered, jazz-infused portrait of the tempestuous star-crossed romance between a composer and singer, loosely based on the lives of his parents. Much like the director’s breathtaking filmmaking in Ida, this love story doubles as an examination of the fear and uncertainty of Polish life during Communism. In Polish, French, and German with English subtitles.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
7:00 pm | Smith Rafael Film Center
Program & Reception: $85 general | $75 CFI members
Program Only: $45 general | $40 CFI members