Paweł Aleksander Pawlikowski is a Polish filmmaker, who has lived and worked most of his life in the UK. He garnered much acclaim for a string of award-winning documentaries in the 1990s and for his feature films Last Resort and My Summer of Love, both of which won a BAFTA and many other European awards. His film Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Pawlikowski won the Best Director prize for his latest film Cold War.Early lifePawlikowski was born in Warsaw, to a father trained as a doctor in the army and a ballerina mother. In his late teens, he learned that his paternal grandmother was Jewish and had died in Auschwitz.At the age of 14, he left communist Poland with his mother for London. What he thought was a holiday, turned out to be a permanent exile. A year later he moved to Germany, before finally settling in Britain in 1977.