Mr Paweł Pawlikowski
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 30th May 2019
He wrote and directed Ida (2013), the first Polish film to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He teaches at the National Film School in the UK and the Wajda Film School in Warsaw. He began his directorial career with documentaries, making several important films (including ones commissioned by the BBC), for which he received an Emmy International, Prix Italia and dozens of other awards. He considers the documentary about the civil war in the Balkans Serbian Epics, telling the story about nationalism and the sources of violence, to be his best. He received an Outstanding Debut BAFTA for his first feature-length film entitled Last Resort (2010). In 2004 he wrote and directed My Summer of Love, which won a BAFTA for Best British Film. In 2006 he abandoned the film he was working on, and suspended his career for five years due to the illness and subsequent death of his wife. During that time he took care of his children, worked as a lecturer at a film school and wrote scripts. In 2011 he finished working on his next feature film, The Woman in the Fifth, based on a Douglas Kennedy novel. In the following years he started working on a project which ended up being a multiple award-winning Ida. The world première of the film took place on 30 August 2013 during the Telluride Film Festival (Colorado), while the Polish première took place on 11 September 2013 at the Gdynia Film Festival, where Ida received Golden Lions for Best Film. The film was also awarded by the European Film Academy in five categories, and at the 19th Eagle Awards Ceremony Pawlikowski won awards for Best Film and Best Director. In 2015 Ida received a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language, an Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain Goya Award, and an Oscar in the same category, becoming the first Polish film winning in that category. His next film Cold War landed him a Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the first Polish director to win this award at Cannes. In December 2018 he won five awards at the European Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script. In 2019 Cold War was also nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
In March 2019 he received an Eagle for Best Director at the Polish Film Awards Ceremony, and Cold War was recognized as Best Film and won a total of seven awards.
(Photo by Wunsche & Samsel)
On the 31th of July 2019, to celebrate the Warsaw Day of Memory, a solemn XXVI Session of the Warsaw City Council took place. During the ceremonial, which took place at the Royal Castle of Warsaw, Chairwoman of Warsaw’s City Council Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska and President of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski awarded Ms. Halina Jędrzejewska and Paweł Pawlikowski the title of Honorary Citizen of Warsaw.
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