Łukasz Żal

director of photography


Łukasz Żal is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer based in Poland. COLD WAR, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, landed Łukasz Żal not only the Oscar nomination but also ASC Award, the Silver Frog Award for cinematography at the 2018 Camerimage Festival in Poland, as well as a nomination for BAFTA Award.

For the first time, Łukasz was nominated for the Academy Award in 2016 for Pawlikowski’s IDA and was one of two cinematographers of an Oscar-nominated animation LOVING VINCENT (dir. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman) in 2017.

Cinematographer on DOVLATOV (dir. Aleksiej German Jr.), which premiered at the Berlinale 2018 and THE HERE AFTER (dir. Magnus von Horn), which premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Most recently, Łukasz was responsible for the cinematography in Charlie Kaufman’s film I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS.


Cold War - trailer | feature film | dir. Paweł Pawlikowski | dp Łukasz Żal | PL/UK/FR | 2018
IDA - trailer | feature film | dir. Paweł Pawlikowski | dp Łukasz Żal | PL, DK | 2013
Alexander McQueen | commercial | dir. Jonathan Glazer | dp Łukasz Żal | UK | 2021
Huawei - #AddictedToYou | commercial | dir. Marcin Serafin | dp Łukasz Żal | PL | 2018
Zovirax | commercial | dir. Docter Twins | dp Łukasz Żal | UK | 2017
TWARDOWSKY - Polish Legends | short film | dir. Tomasz Bagiński | dp Łukasz Żal | PL | 2015
The Here After | feature film | dir. Magnus von Horn | dop Łukasz Żal | FR, PL, SWE | 2015
The High Frontier | feature film | dir. Wojciech Kasperski | dp Łukasz Żal | PL | 2016