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Only Lola

Grzegorz Mołda, Jarosław Kamiński



Poland, 1967. Nina is a young ambitious journalist living in Warsaw with her father. Intending to live life to the fullest, she fills her evenings with parties.

Lidia is a producer at Polish national TV, who feels trapped in the monotony of everyday life. She is commissioned by the authorities to create a new TV show for young people. Lidia asks an old acquaintance to help her find someone young and spirited to be the face of the show. This person turns out to be Nina’s father and the two women begin to work together.

Their relationship starts to develop in a direction that neither of them expected. Perhaps this is because Nina looks strikingly similar to her aunt Lola, Lidia’s former love. Nina experiences a desire that she has never felt before, and Lidia once more feels like she is alive.

Their relationship is complicated by the impending political developments enveloping the country as Nina uncovers a family secret that could change everything.


I was raised by three women – my grandmother, my mother and my older sister – and grew up on my grandmother’s stories about the 1960s in Poland. So, when I read the novel Only Lola by my friend Jarosław Kamiński, I was captivated by the story.

Only Lola is about love between two women during an oppressive time in our country. Lidia follows the norms of the communists while secretly yearning for her lost lover, Lola. Nina is unsure of herself and needs a mentor, a lover, who validates her. Our challenge in the film is to portray the multifaceted love story in the book, inspired by classical Polish cinema. To capture the uncertainty, recognition, tension, desire and betrayal.

We relate to these characters because we identify with Lidia’s inability to let go of a past love and Nina’s search for her place in the world. The end of the ‘60s in Poland is an extremely colourful period – with the flowering of culture and art; but also a period of persecution of which we should be ashamed.


The forbidden love of two women caught up in the anti-Semitic purges in 1960s Communist Poland.
Grzegorz Mołda

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Jarosław Kamiński

Writer, Scriptwriter

production notes

original title
Tylko Lola

directed by
Grzegorz Mołda

written by
Jarosław Kamiński