Joanna Kulig is a Polish film and television actress. In 2018, she received the Best Actress Award at the 31st European Film Awards for her performance in Cold War. Kulig was born on 24 June 1982 in Poland, her mother worked as a cook at her father was a folk poet. She was raised with four siblings in Muszynka. In 2000, Kulig enrolled at the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School Complex in Kraków, she graduated from the Frédéric Chopin State Music School in Krynica-Zdrój as well as the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków in 2007 with a specialization in popular music vocals. She was the first in her family to graduate from a university. Kulig has performed at the Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theater in Kraków. In 1998, she won an episode of the talent show Szansa na sukces by performing the song Między ciszą a ciszą by Grzegorz Turnau. Kulig made her film debut in 2007 in Grzegorz Pacek's Środa czwartek rano. In 2010, she appeared alongside Jakub Gierszał in Milion dolarów by Janusz Kondratiuk.
In 2011, she starred alongside Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas in The Woman in the Fifth directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Other film directors with whom she has collaborated include Agnieszka Holland, Jacek Borcuch, Mirosław Borek, Marcin Wrona. In 2013, Kulig received the Polish Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress conferred by the Polish Film Academy for her role in Małgorzata Szumowska's film Elles. In 2018, she received the Best Actress Award at the 31st European Film Awards for her role in Paweł Pawlikowski's historical period drama film Cold War; the role earned her the Polish Academy Award for Best Actress. She will star as Maja in Damien Chazelle's Netflix musical drama series The Eddy. Kulig's sister, Justyna Schneider, is an actress, she adapted their great-grandmother's surname to avoid confusion. In 2009, Kulig married screenwriter Maciej Bochniak. In February 2019, she gave birth to their son. Cinema of Poland List of Poles Joanna Kulig on IMDb
Cold War (2018 film)
Cold War is a 2018 historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, who co-wrote the screenplay with Janusz Głowacki and Piotr Borkowski. It is an international co-production by producers in France and the United Kingdom. Set in Poland and France during the Cold War from the late 1940s until the 1960s, the story follows a musical director who discovers a young singer, exploring their subsequent love story over the years. Loosely inspired by the lives of Pawlikowski's parents, the film stars Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig as the co-leads. Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn and Jeanne Balibar appear in supporting roles. Cold War premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 10 May 2018. Critics praised its acting, screenplay and cinematography; the film has received numerous accolades, including three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards and four at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards, including Best Direction and Best Film Not in the English Language. In post-war Poland and Irena are holding auditions for a state-sponsored folk music ensemble.
Wiktor's attention is captured by Zula, an ambitious and captivating young woman, faking a peasant identity and is on probation after attacking her abusive father. Wiktor and Zula fall into a deep and obsessive attraction with each other and have sex after a performance. Wiktor and Irena are pressured by bureaucrats to include pro-Communist and Stalinist propaganda in their performances, a decision which would allow the troupe to tour the eastern bloc. Both Wiktor and Irena are opposed to the changes, but the career-driven, opportunistic Kaczmarek agrees to the additions, a resentful Irena quits. Kaczmarek is interested in Zula and pressures her into spying on Wiktor for him, but Zula refuses to tell him any incriminating information; when the ensemble visits Berlin, Wiktor plans to flee to the west with Zula, the two affirm their love and passion. However, Zula fails to show up at a rendezvous with Wiktor, so he crosses the border alone. Years Zula meets Wiktor in Paris, where he is working at a jazz club.
Though they both have other partners, their continued mutual attraction is clear. When Wiktor asks Zula why she failed to appear with him to cross the border, she says she lacked confidence in herself. A year Wiktor attends one of the troupe's performances in Yugoslavia, where Zula spots him in the audience and becomes visibly shaken. Two years Wiktor is working in Paris as a film score composer, where Zula reunites with him. Wiktor attempts to build a solo career for Zula, including inflating her backstory to appear more interesting to his friend, film producer Michel, at a party, which annoys her. Meanwhile, Zula becomes jealous of Wiktor's past lovers, as work on her record strains their relationship, she begins to drink and act out in public. Wiktor and Zula finish Zula's record, she reveals that she had an affair with insults Wiktor, causing him to strike her. She disappears, when Wiktor confronts Michel, he reveals she has returned to Poland. Against Kaczmarek's advice, Wiktor returns to Poland.
Zula meets with him at a work camp, where he reveals that he has been sentence to a "generous" 15 years of hard labor on charges of crossing the borders and espionage. Zula promises to free him. Years a freed Wiktor meets with Kaczmarek at a club where Zula, now a barely-functioning alcoholic, is performing. Zula arranged for an early release for Wiktor by agreeing to marry Kaczmarek, now has a young son with him. Wiktor and Zula escape to a bathroom together, where a miserable and defeated Zula begs Wiktor to rescue her; the two take a bus to an abandoned church seen at the beginning of the film, where they prepare to commit suicide together. After ingesting pills, the couple is seen observing the landscape. Zula suggests they depart from view. Cold War grossed $4.6 million in the United States and Canada, $14.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $19.4 million. In the film's opening weekend in the United States it made $54,353 from three theaters, an average of $18,118 per venue.
In its sixth weekend of release, following its three Oscar nominations, the film made $571,650 from 111 theaters. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 216 reviews, an average rating of 8.16/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn't waste a moment of its brief running time — and doesn't skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact." Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 90 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Giuseppe Sedia of the Krakow Post wrote, "...less hieratic than Ida, Cold War has a lot to offer to the audience. Maybe Pawlikowski would have not won Best Director Award at Cannes if it wasn't for the sumptuous acting displayed in this cruel, jazz-drenched and Mizoguchi-esque tale of two lovers". List of submissions to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Polish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Official website Cold War on IMDb Cold War at Metacritic Cold War at Rotten Tomatoes Cold War at Box Office Mojo
Grégory Gadebois is a French actor. He studied at the CNSAD in the classroom of Catherine Hiegel and Dominique Valadié, he was a member of the Comédie-Française from 2006 to 2012. Grégory Gadebois on IMDb Grégory Gadebois at AlloCiné Les Archives du Spectacle
My Summer of Love
My Summer of Love is a 2004 British drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-written by Pawlikowski and Michael Wynne. Based on the novel of the same name by Helen Cross, the film explores the lesbian relationship between two young women from different classes and backgrounds. Working class Mona, whose once-hotheaded brother Phil became a born-again Christian in prison, meets upper middle class Tamsin who suffers from a lack of love in her family. Filmed in West Yorkshire, the film went on to win a BAFTA. In Yorkshire, Tamsin rides her horse and chances upon Mona. Tamsin says she has been suspended from boarding school. Mona comes from a family of criminals with only her brother Phil alive. Both of the girls seem to regard their lives as mundane. Mona finds Phil destroying all the booze in their late mother's former pub, he has undergone a religious transformation in prison, now plans a Christian rally. Mona meets her lover, for sex in his car, but he breaks up with her; the next day, the girls begin to bond as they spend the day drinking and talking about their problems.
The next day, Tamsin takes Mona to the house where Tamsin claims that her father is cheating on her mother. Mona smashes a window of Tamsin's father's car. Tamsin purchases an engine for Mona's scooter, they drive to a small river to swim. Under a waterfall, the girls share a kiss. At Tamsin's house Mona tries on her dresses. Tamsin tearfully recounts the anorexia death of her sister Sadie. In the garden, Tamsin plays the cello. Tamsin kisses Mona passionately, they have sex. Phil invites the girls to his rally, they join the born-again Christians to erect a cross on a hill. Tamsin acts attracted to Phil. Mona and Tamsin find a bag of magic mushrooms in Sadie's room, they go to a dancehall where they disturb the patrons. They declare their eternal love to each other, swearing a death oath. Tamsin pretends to seduce Phil, he locks Mona in her room. Mona fakes suicide and mocks Phil's religious beliefs. Phil kicks out the born-again Christians, while Mona leaves for Tamsin. Mona discovers. Mona finds out that Tasmin's lied about her parents and sister.
Dejected, Mona goes to the river. Tamsin tells Mona. Forgiving her, Mona slips into the water, enticing Tamsin to join her, the two girls kiss again. Mona pushes her under the water, as if to kill her. Instead, Mona walks away. Natalie Press as Mona Emily Blunt as Tamsin Paddy Considine as Phil Dean Andrews as Ricky Michelle Byrne as Ricky's wife Paul-Anthony Barber as Tamsin's father Lynette Edwards as Tamsin's mother Kathryn Sumner as Sadie Casting the two lead actresses for the film proved difficult for Pawlikowski, the overall casting procedure took about eight months. Pawlikowski searched in schools, theatre groups and public castings, he discovered Natalie Press first, sought her counterpart by holding workshops together with Press and Considine. During this process, he found Emily Blunt, felt her to be the ideal Tamsin; the chemistry between Press and Blunt was perfect, they first did a tryout with the "Pavlova-dancing scene", which worked out perfectly. Emily Blunt is a competent cellist, is listed in the credits as the performer of "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Pawlikowski knew Paddy Considine from their earlier collaboration Last Resort and cast him as Phil. The film was shot during the span of five weeks after intensive location-scouting by Pawlikowski; the script only was incomplete. Many scenes were improvised while shooting; the scene in which Mona draws a portrait of Tamsin on the wall of her room was improvised—during Pawlikowski's travelling together with Press, he discovered that she used to do a lot of drawing while she was thinking, so he decided to integrate it into the movie and made a scene out of it. The whole shoot was done on location in Todmorden during the hottest summer Yorkshire had seen in 50 years; the score of the film was written by Goldfrapp and the movie theme is a variation of the Goldfrapp song "Lovely Head", the first song of their 2000 album Felt Mountain. The performances of the leading actresses have been acclaimed, with awards from the Evening Standard British Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Additionally, Pawlikowski's unconventional style of directing has been rewarded with a BAFTA for Best British Film and the Michael Powell award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival, along with many nominations across the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards.
Both Natalie and Emily were different and original, a rare thing nowadays. They avoid the obvious, are capable of playing complex and conflicting attitudes. Above all, they had energy, key for a movie; when I brought them together for a workshop, I could see them feeding off of each other well, I knew that this was going to work. Pawel has a European sensibility. Whilst he's working with British subject and landscapes, he is much more interested in the essence of things – rather than the usual obsession with class and surface of contemporary life, he has mixture of lyricism and humor and a love of paradox and mystery which set him apart from the rest of British filmmaking the social realist tradition. The novel of the same title, My Summer of Love by Helen Cross, only served as a blueprint for the film. Wher
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion and the arts; the City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €681 billion in 2016, accounting for 31 percent of the GDP of France, was the 5th largest region by GDP in the world. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong and Geneva. Another source ranked Paris as most expensive, on a par with Singapore and Hong-Kong, in 2018; the city is a major rail and air-transport hub served by two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.
Opened in 1900, the city's subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily, is the second busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow Metro. Gare du Nord is the 24th busiest railway station in the world, the first located outside Japan, with 262 million passengers in 2015. Paris is known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was the most visited art museum in the world in 2018, with 10.2 million visitors. The Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are noted for their collections of French Impressionist art, the Pompidou Centre Musée National d'Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe; the historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Popular landmarks in the centre of the city include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the Gothic royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, both on the Île de la Cité. Paris received 23 million visitors in 2017, measured by hotel stays, with the largest numbers of foreign visitors coming from the United States, the UK, Germany and China.
It was ranked as the third most visited travel destination in the world in 2017, after Bangkok and London. The football club Paris Saint-Germain and the rugby union club Stade Français are based in Paris; the 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located just north of Paris in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Denis. Paris hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros. Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics; the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the 1960, 1984, 2016 UEFA European Championships were held in the city and, every July, the Tour de France bicycle race finishes there. The name "Paris" is derived from the Celtic Parisii tribe; the city's name is not related to the Paris of Greek mythology. Paris is referred to as the City of Light, both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment and more because Paris was one of the first large European cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale on its boulevards and monuments.
Gas lights were installed on the Place du Carousel, Rue de Rivoli and Place Vendome in 1829. By 1857, the Grand boulevards were lit. By the 1860s, the boulevards and streets of Paris were illuminated by 56,000 gas lamps. Since the late 19th century, Paris has been known as Panam in French slang. Inhabitants are known in French as Parisiens, they are pejoratively called Parigots. The Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, inhabited the Paris area from around the middle of the 3rd century BC. One of the area's major north–south trade routes crossed the Seine on the île de la Cité; the Parisii minted their own coins for that purpose. The Romans began their settlement on Paris' Left Bank; the Roman town was called Lutetia. It became a prosperous city with a forum, temples, an amphitheatre. By the end of the Western Roman Empire, the town was known as Parisius, a Latin name that would become Paris in French. Christianity was introduced in the middle of the 3rd century AD by Saint Denis, the first Bishop of Paris: according to legend, when he refused to renounce his faith before the Roman occupiers, he was beheaded on the hill which became known as Mons Martyrum "Montmartre", from where he walked headless to the north of the city.
Clovis the Frank, the first king of the Merovingian dynasty, made the city his capital from 508. As the Frankish domination of Gaul began, there was a gradual immigration by the Franks to Paris and the Parisian Francien dialects were born. Fortification of the Île-de-la-Citie failed to avert sacking by Vikings in 845, but Paris' strategic importance—with its bridges prevent
Douglas Kennedy (writer)
Douglas Kennedy is an American novelist. Douglas Kennedy was born in New York City in 1955, the son of a commodities broker and a production assistant at NBC, he was educated at The Collegiate School and graduated with a B. A. magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1976. He spent a year studying at Trinity College Dublin. "I was a history major," Kennedy explained. "Retrospectively, I think. So much of what I do in my own fiction is observational. By studying human history you see how human folly endlessly repeats itself. In my work—in whatever form it takes—I am much grappling with what it means to be American in this way." In 1977, he started a co-operative theatre company with a friend. He was hired to run the Abbey Theatre's second house, The Peacock. At the age of 28, he resigned from The Peacock to write full-time. After several radio plays for the BBC and one stage play, he decided to switch directions and wrote his first book, a narrative account of his travels in Egypt called Beyond the Pyramids, published in 1988.
Kennedy and his then-wife moved to London that year, where Kennedy expanded his journalistic work, wrote for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Listener, the New Statesman, the British editions of Esquire and GQ. Kennedy is the author of twelve novels, including the international bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, Leaving the World and The Moment, his latest novel, The Heat of Betrayal, was published by Random House UK on 23 April 2015 and in France by Belfond as Mirage on 7 May 2015, with an American publication in February 2016, under the title The Blue Hour by Atria. He is the author of three praised travel books. More than 14 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide and his work has been translated into twenty-two languages. Kennedy’s novels are written in European landscapes, have been acclaimed and beloved in France. Kennedy received the French decoration Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007. In November 2009, he received the first “Grand Prix du Figaro,” awarded by the newspaper Le Figaro.
Kennedy has two children and Amelia. He divides his time between London, Berlin, Montreal and New York. Kennedy is an atheist, his newest novel was just published in 2017 in the first part of a trilogy. It will be published under the title "The Great Wide Open" in the US and the UK in 2019. Beyond the Pyramids: Travels in Egypt In God's Country: Travels in the Bible Belt Chasing Mammon: Travels in the Pursuit of Money The Dead Heart The Big Picture The Job The Pursuit of Happiness A Special Relationship State of the Union Temptation The Woman in the Fifth Leaving the World The Moment Five Days The Heat of Betrayal aka "The Blue Hour" The Great Wide Open, 2019 The Dead Heart was the basis of the 1997 film Welcome to Woop Woop. Kennedy's second novel, The Big Picture, a New York Times Bestseller, was a dark exploration of identity and self-entrapment set in Connecticut's suburbs, it was adapted as a French film and released in theaters in 2010, starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve. The Woman in the Fifth, the story of a beleaguered professor who falls in love with a strange woman who isn't the person she seems, was adapted into film, was released in November 2011, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Douglas Kennedy at the Internet Book List Review of Beyond the Pyramids
Ida is a 2013 drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War II, she must now meet her aunt; the former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family. Called a "compact masterpiece" and an "eerily beautiful road movie", the film has been said to "contain a cosmos of guilt and pain" if certain historical events remain unsaid: "none of this is stated, but all of it is built, so to speak, into the atmosphere: the country feels dead, the population sparse". Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Polish film to do so, it had earlier been selected as Best Film of 2014 by the European Film Academy and as Best Film Not in the English Language of 2014 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
In 2016, the film was named as the 55th best film of the 21st century, from a poll of 177 film critics from around the world. In the 1960s Polish People's Republic, Anna, a young novice nun, is told by her prioress that before she takes her vows she must visit her aunt, Wanda Gruz, her only surviving relative. Anna travels to visit her aunt Wanda, a chain-smoking, hard-drinking, sexually promiscuous judge who reveals that Anna's actual name is Ida Lebenstein. Ida's parents had been Jews who were murdered late in the German occupation of Poland during World War II. Ida was an infant, as an orphan she had been raised by the convent. Wanda, a Communist resistance fighter against the German occupation, had become the state prosecutor "Red Wanda" who sent "men to their deaths". Wanda tells Ida that she should try some worldly sins and pleasures before she decides to take her vows. On their way to their hotel for the night, Wanda picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be an alto saxophone player, going to a gig in the same town.
Wanda tries to get Ida interested in Lis, to come to his show, but she resists until drifting down after hours to watch the little band wrapping up their evening with a song after the crowd has left. Lis is indeed drawn to Ida and talks with her before she leaves for the night to rejoin her aunt, passed out in their room. Ida wants to find the graves of her parents. Wanda asks her what would happen if she goes to where their bodies are buried and discovers that God is not there. Wanda takes her to the house they were born in and used to own, now occupied by a Pole, Feliks Skiba and his family. Wanda had left her young son with Ida's family during the war. Wanda, a former prosecutor, demands that Feliks and his father tell her what happened to the Lebensteins. Feliks agrees to tell them—if Ida promises that they will leave the Skibas alone and give up any claim to the house. Feliks digs up the bones of their family, he admits to Ida that he killed them. Feliks says that because Ida was small and able to pass for a Christian, he was able to give her to a convent.
But Wanda's small son was "dark and circumcised". He couldn't pass for a Christian child, Feliks had killed him along with Ida's parents. Wanda and Ida take the bones to their family burial plot, in an abandoned, overgrown Jewish cemetery in Lublin, bury them. Wanda and Ida part ways and return to their previous existences and routines, but they both have been profoundly affected by their experience, nothing is the same. Although Wanda continues to drink and engage in meaningless casual sex, she is now mourning not only the loss of her son and sister, but the niece whom she has just met and who reminds her of her sister. Ida returns to the convent but is visibly unenthusiastic about her life there, sees some of it with a new perspective of humor. Wanda's melancholy deepens and she jumps to her death out of her apartment window. Ida returns to attend Wanda's funeral. At Wanda's apartment, Ida changes out of her nun's habit and into Wanda's stilettos and evening gown, tries smoking and drinking, goes to Lis' gig, where he teaches her to dance.
After the show Ida and Lis sleep together. The next morning Lis suggests they get married, have children, after that, live "life as usual." After sleeping with him one more time, Ida arises without awakening Lis, dons her convent habit again and leaves. Agata Trzebuchowska as Anna / Ida Lebenstein Agata Kulesza as Wanda Gruz Dawid Ogrodnik as Lis Adam Szyszkowski as Feliks Skiba Jerzy Trela as Szymon Skiba Joanna Kulig as a singer The director of Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski, was born in Poland and lived his first fourteen years there. In 1971 his mother abruptly emigrated with him to England, where he became a prominent filmmaker. Ida is his first Polish film. Ida was filmed in Poland with a cast and crew, drawn from the Polish film industry; the film received crucial early funding from the Polish Film Institute based on a screenplay by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, an English playwright. Once the support from the Polish Film Institute had been secured, producer Eric Abraham underwrote production of the film.