Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski claimed Friday that he had been blacklisted by Poland’s populist rightwing government and compared censorship in the country now to the dark days of communism.
The 60-year-old, who won the best foreign language movie for “Ida” in 2015, told AFP that the film had been banned from being shown on television or in Polish cultural institutes abroad.
“The film is on a blacklist… There is now a blacklist of books, theatre directors and filmmakers who must not be supported,” he said.
“I have the honour to be on this list,” Pawlikowski said as his new film, “Cold War” was premiered at the Cannes film festival.
“With the new government, which has taken total control of public television, it is just like under the communism. The propaganda on TV is incredible,” he said.
His last film “Ida” became the target of attacks and a petition by the country’s Culture Minister Piotr Glinski, then in opposition, when it was nominated for an Academy Award.
He accused Pawlikowski of blackening the country’s reputation.