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Paweł Aleksander Pawlikowski (Polish: [ˈpavɛw alɛˈksandɛr pavliˈkɔfskʲi]; born 15 September 1957) is a Polish filmmaker, who has lived and worked most of his life in the United Kingdom. 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 Best Foreign Language Film. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Pawlikowski won the Best Director prize for his 2018 film Cold War, a film which also earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film.

Paweł Pawlikowski
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Pawlikowski in 2018
Born
Paweł Aleksander Pawlikowski

(1957-09-15) 15 September 1957 (age 61)
NationalityPolish
Alma materOxford University
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)
Małgosia Bela (m. 2017)
Children2
Websitepawelpawlikowski.co.uk

Early lifeEdit

Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a father who was a doctor and a mother who started as a ballet dancer and later became an English literature professor at the University of Warsaw.[1] In his late teens, he learned that his paternal grandmother was Jewish and had died in Auschwitz.[2][3] At the age of 14, he left communist Poland with his mother for London. What he thought was a holiday, turned out to be a permanent exile. A year later he moved to Germany, before finally settling in Britain in 1977. He studied literature and philosophy at Oxford University.[4]

CareerEdit

In the late 1980s and 1990s, Pawlikowski was best known for his documentaries, whose blend of lyricism and irony won him many fans and awards around the world. From Moscow to Pietushki was a poetic journey into the world of the Russian cult writer Venedikt Erofeev, for which he won an Emmy, an RTS award, a Prix Italia and other awards.[5][6] The multi-award winning Dostoevsky's Travels was a tragi-comic road movie in which a St Petersburg tram driver—and the only living descendant of Fyodor Dostoevsky—travels rough around Western Europe haunting high-minded humanists, aristocrats, monarchists and the Baden-Baden casino in his quest to raise money to buy a secondhand Mercedes.[citation needed]

Pawlikowski's most original and formally successful film was Serbian Epics (1992), made at the height of the Bosnian War. The oblique, ironic, imagistic, at times almost hypnotic study of epic Serbian poetry, with exclusive footage of Radovan Karadžić and General Ratko Mladić, aroused a storm of controversy and incomprehension at the time, but has now secured it something of a cult status. The absurdist Tripping with Zhirinovsky, a surreal boat journey down the Volga with controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, won Pawlikowski the Grierson Award for the Best British Documentary in 1995.[citation needed]

Pawlikowski's transition to fiction occurred in 1998 with a small 50-minute hybrid film Twockers, a lyrical and gritty love story set on a sink estate in Yorkshire, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Ian Duncan. In 2001 he wrote and directed Last Resort with Dina Korzun and Paddy Considine, which won a BAFTA, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh and many other awards. In 2004 he wrote and directed My Summer of Love with Emily Blunt and Natalie Press, which won a BAFTA, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film and many other awards.[7]

In 2006, he filmed about 60% of his adaptation of Magnus Mills' The Restraint of Beasts when the project was halted—his wife had fallen gravely ill and he left to care for her and their children.[8] In 2011, he wrote and directed a film loosely adapted from Douglas Kennedy's novel The Woman in the Fifth, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.[9]

On 19 October 2013, his film Ida (starring Agata Kulesza) won the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival, on the same night that Anthony Chen, one of his National Film and Television School pupils, won the Sutherland Prize for the Best First Film, for Ilo Ilo.[10] Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film on 23 February 2015, the first Polish film to do so. In the same year, he was a member of jury headed by Alfonso Cuarón at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

His most recent film, Cold War earned him the Best Director Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It also won five awards at the 2018 European Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Awards. In 2019, he was announced as one of the members of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Pawlikowski grew up a Catholic and considers himself one up to this day, but says that he finds the Catholic Church in Great Britain to be easier to grow in faith in than that in Poland.[2][3]

Pawlikowski was a Creative Arts Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2004 to 2007. He teaches film direction and screenwriting at the National Film School in the UK and the Wajda Film School in Warsaw. In addition to his native Polish, he speaks six languages including German and Russian.[citation needed]

Pawlikowski's wife developed a serious illness in 2006 and died several months later. They have a son and a daughter. After his children left for university, Pawlikowski moved to Paris, and later relocated to Warsaw, where he lives close to his childhood home.[12] At the end of 2017, he married Polish model and actress Małgosia Bela.

FilmographyEdit

Awards, nominations and other honorsEdit

Academy AwardsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
22 February 2015 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Ida Won
24 February 2019 91st Academy Awards Best Director Cold War Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Academy Film AwardsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
25 February 2001 54th British Academy Film Awards Best British Film Last Resort Nominated
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer Won
12 February 2005 58th British Academy Film Awards Best British Film My Summer of Love Won
8 February 2015 68th British Academy Film Awards Best Film Not in the English Language Ida Won
10 February 2019 72nd British Academy Film Awards Best Direction Cold War Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Film Not in the English Language Nominated

British Independent Film AwardsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
25 October 2000 3rd British Independent Film Awards Best Director Last Resort Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
30 November 2005 7th British Independent Film Awards Best Director My Summer of Love Nominated
7 December 2014 17th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Foreign Independent Film Ida Nominated
2 December 2018 21st British Independent Film Awards Cold War Nominated

European Film AwardsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
25 November 1992 5th European Film Awards Best Documentary Dostoyevsky’s Travels Special Mention
1 December 2001 14th European Film Awards European Discovery Last Resort Nominated
3 December 2005 18th European Film Awards Best Film My Summer of Love Nominated
Best Director Nominated
13 December 2014 27th European Film Awards Best Film Ida Won
People's Choice Award Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Won
15 December 2018 31st European Film Awards Best Film Cold War Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Won

Polish Film AwardsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
27 February 2006 8th Polish Film Awards Best European Film My Summer of Love Won
10 March 2014 16th Polish Film Awards Best Film Ida Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated

Film festivals and other award ceremoniesEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
14 September 2013 38th National Polish Film Festival Golden Lions for Best Film Ida Won
15 May 2014 30th Seattle International Film Festival Best Director 3rd runner-up
11 January 2015 72nd Golden Globe Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
19 May 2018 71st Cannes Film Festival Best Director Cold War Won
22 September 2018 43rd National Polish Film Festival Golden Lions for Best Film Won

Critics' CircleEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Work Result Refs
17 December 2014 9th Dublin Film Critics' Circle Awards Best Director Ida #3
31 December 2014 Indiewire 2014 Year-End Critics Poll Best Director #10
20 January 2019 39th London Film Critics' Circle Awards Best Director Cold War Nominated [13]

Pawlikowski was made Honorary Associate of London Film School.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hoberman, J. (30 April 2014). "If You Could Lick My Heart It Would Poison You". Table. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kto Ty jesteś? Paweł Pawlikowski o filmie "Ida"" (in Polish). Onet.pl. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Bloom, Livia (5 May 2014). "Courage of Conviction: A Conversation with Ida Director Pawel Pawlikowski". Filmmaker. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pawel-Pawlikowski
  5. ^ Screenonline. Accessed 2014-05-26. The title of Erofeev's novel (or prose poem) has been variously translated, but Pawlikowski's documentary is in English and is titled in English.
  6. ^ Pawlikowski, Pawel. "Filmography". Pawel Pawlikowski — Writer and Director. pawelpawlikowski.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "A Quick Chat With Pawel Pawlikowski". kamera.co.uk. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (20 September 2007). "Pawel Pawlikowski takes on Stalin". Variety. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas top 'Women' – Thesps to star in indie thriller based on novel". Variety.
  10. ^ "Master and Pupil honoured by LFF on the same night". UK Screen. 20 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Exciting Jury Announced For Cannes Film Festival". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Pawel Pawlikowski: 'I was a lost guy in a weird city'". The Guardian. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  13. ^ http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/london-critics-name-roma-as-film-of-the-year/

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