Hometown: Krynica-Zdrój, Lesser Poland, Poland
In Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Kulig is Zula, a woman in post-war Poland who joins a folk music touring group. She begins a romance with conductor Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and the two form a passionate but volatile couple. The story spans time and countries as the pair begins to realize that although they should never be together, they can never be apart.
“I think Zula is like me, very emotional,” Kulig says. Pawlikowski has said the inspiration for the two leads was his own parents’ turbulent past.
Kulig is one of the rare foreign language performers being buzzed about for a potential Best Actress Oscar nomination. Her layered turn as Zula was crafted over an essentially chronological shoot which she says invested her with the ability to “find this line of how Zula is at the beginning and at the end.