Pawel Pawlikowski presented Cold War and unveiled his armchair at the 16th FICMBy: Gustavo R. Gallardo
Cold War (2018), by Pawel Pawlikowski, was presented at the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) by the Polish director, the festival’s president, Alejandro Ramírez, and the founder and director, Daniela Michel.
Cold War, set during the Cold War between Stalinist Poland and the bohemian Paris of the 1950s, tells the story of a musician who loves freedom and a passionate young singer who hold on to an impossible love for 15 years.
For this film, based on his parents’ love story, Pawlikowski won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and opened the 24th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, where, in 2014 he presented his film Ida (2013), winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2015.
Pawel Pawlikowski was a Special Guest of FICM’s in 2014 when he presented that film.
“It is an honor to welcome this great film master and beloved friend when he found out he would be invited everywhere with this film, he told me, ‘The place I am definitely going to is Morelia,'” Daniela Michel reminisced.
The Polish filmmaker, who on Friday will chat with the audience that attends a second screening of the film, said that FICM “is done with great care and consideration. It’s a lot about not just cinema, but relationships, and that’s something I treasure.”
“I had to tell a long and complicated story in the most synthesized and visually appealing way possible; so a story that was very long ended up being a very short one because it only lasted 84 minutes,” the Polish filmmaker revealed.
FICM Unveils Pawel Pawlikowski’s Armchair
“I feel at home, I could talk for hours from this seat,” he said, adding that Alejandro Ramírez, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel and Daniela Michel, are “a wonderful team, an invincible team and, in fact, in cinema we look to make things by hand, with great care, and that’s what this festival has because it feels handmade.”
This Friday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m., Pawel Pawlikowski will receive the UNAM Filmoteca Medal prior to the screening of the second Cold War show.