Pawel Pawlikowski

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2014 Mexican Feature Film Section Polish Filmmaker

Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw in 1957. He left Poland at 14 to live in Germany and Italy before settling in the UK, where he studied literature and philosophy in London and did his postgraduate studies in Oxford. He began directing short films and documentaries in 1987. His personal style soon garnered international acclaim and awards from festivals and organizations such as the Prix Italia Festival, the Royal Television Society, Banff, the International Film Festival of Marseille, the Festival dei Popoli of Florence, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Of the nine films composing this first stage of his career, the most notable areFrom Moscow to Pietushki with Benny Yerofeev (1990), Dostoevsky’s Travels (1991), Serbian Epics (1992), Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1995) and The Stringer (1998). With his medium-length film Twockers (1998), Pawlikowski made the transition into fiction. He later wrote and directed Last Resort (2000), which received, among other prizes, Best Film in Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Gijón, and Motovun. The film My Summer of Love (2004) won Best Film in Edinburgh, Cabourg and Oslo; Best Screenplay in the Evening Standard Awards; Best Director from the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain; and Best European Film by the Polish Film Academy. The Woman in the Fifth (2011) was shown at festivals in Toronto, Rome, and Gijón. His latest film, Ida (2013), received Best Film in London, Gdynia, Minsk, Gijón, and Les Arcs; Best Director in Vilna; the Critics’ Prize in Toronto; and Best Film and Best Director from the Polish Film Academy, as well as being the official Polish selection for the Oscar®. Retrospectives of his work have been shown in San Francisco, La Rochelle, Bradford, Buenos Aires, Gijon, London Riverside, Cartagena and in Finland. Pawlikowski currently lives in Warsaw, teaching Directing and Screenwriting in the National Film School, in the UK, and in the Wajda School, in Warsaw.