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Deadline reports that Paweł Pawlikowski, the Anglo-Polish director best known for his black-and-white drama Ida, has begun work on his next film, described as a love story ”set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.”

Pawlikowski, who immigrated to the UK in his teens, began his career with documentaries about the Eastern Bloc and English-language fiction films (My Summer Of Love, The Woman On The Fifth), before returning to Poland to make Ida. The film, which follows a novice nun in the early 1960s, ended up becoming an unlikely crossover success in the United States and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.


Pawlikowski’s new project, which is simply titled Cold War, is his first since then. The cast includes Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, and Ida co-star Agata Kulesza. Details on the plot remain vague, but according to the Deadline report, the film has already begun production, financed by a variety of Polish, French, and British production companies and institutions.

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