Monthly Screenings

Paweł Pawlikowski Retrospective

When Pawel Pawlikowski’s collaborators were asked to define his work, they said that he writes his films with his camera, just like a writer writes with his pen. Although Pawlikowski’s films are indeed not silent, and his dialogues are meticulously written, what really drives the plot, characters, and drama are the visuals, the moving images. This is cinema in every sense of the word, and Pawlikowski is a filmmaker in the most classical and pure sense, as only a handful of filmmakers are today.

Pawlikowski also serves as a sort of historian of the Polish nation, who has rewritten its history and reconstructed its mythology in his last two feature films, both of which made an immense impact and were both critically and publicly acclaimed in Poland and abroad: Ida (2013) and Cold War (2018), most probably the greatest Polish films of the past decade.

But these films also have a universal quality to them, and Pawlikowski is in general an artist who is constantly testing new boundaries. Born and raised in Poland, he has been living in England for years, and it was there that he broke out with the highly regarded English-speaking features, such as Last Resort (2000) and My Summer of Love (2004).

While over the past two decades, Pawlikowski’s focus has been on feature films, the versatile director actually started out as a documentarian with several documentaries made in the 1980s and 90s that showcased his signature lyricism and poetics, later developed in his feature films in collaboration with the actors he had a natural ability to discover, cast, instruct, and nurture. Today, an impressive list of professionals can say that they took their first steps with Pawlikowski.

Beyond screenwriting and directing, Pawlikowski is also the cinematographer of his films. He treats each frame with great respect, fully engaged in its creation. His films are love letters to love itself, to history, and humanity, but above all, they are infused with a passion for the big screen and the wonderous possibilities it holds.

The screenings of Last Resort and Ida will be held in the presence of Pawel Pawlikowski

Cold War

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 89 minutes

Pawel Pawlikowski’s masterpiece, which won the Best Director Award at the 2018 Cannes Festival and was nominated this year for three Oscars, follows a complex love story that begins in 1950s Europe and develops over several decades.

Dostoevsky's Travels

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 52 minutes

Dimitri, a tram driver and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s great-grandson, reconstructs his ancestor’s trip to western Europe where he lectures on the eminent author. Pawel Pawlikowski documents the journey blending real events with fictional elements.


Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 82 minutes

In 1960s Poland, a novice nun embarks on a journey during which she learns about her family’s past, her parents who perished in the War, and her heretical, ex-communist, alcoholic aunt. Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning masterpiece.

Last Resort

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 75 minutes

Tanya leaves Moscow to be reunited with her British fiancé, but he fails to show up. She has no passport, money, or rights; however, a new friendship with a man gives her some hope. Pawlikowski’s prize-winning drama. 

My Summer of Love

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 86 minutes

A ménage à trois develops between a rich teen, a local girl, and her religious brother who is determined to end the girls’ relationship but is drawn into the sexual whirlpool himself. Pawel Pawlikowski’s widely-acclaimed film.

Serbian Epics

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 42 minutes

In this fascinating documentary, set in Bosnia during the war, Pawel Pawlikowski offers a universal enquiry into the nature of the nation state and the ethnocentric view of the world.