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Cold War (Zimna wojna)
DIRECTOR Pawel Pawlikowski
CAST Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza
A beautiful story from Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) of a love affair in cold war Poland featuring stunning cinematography and glorious music.
After the Oscar-winning Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski reunites with cinematographer Łukasz Żal for this exquisite tale of a tumultuous love affair in a divided continent. Fatefully mismatched singer Zula and pianist Wiktor meet at an audition in Poland, and the couple are endlessly drawn to each other across borders over the next 15 years. Sumptuously shot in silvery monochrome, Cold War explores Poland’s dark history to the tune of rustic folk songs and sultry jazz. A moving, dreamlike triumph.
(2018 Poland / France / UK 88 mins B&W Subtitled)
Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival 2018
The torn curtain of love is the theme of Paweł Pawlikowski’s mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film set in cold war Poland and beyond. The crystalline black-and-white cinematography exalts its moments of intimate grimness and its dreamlike showpieces of theatrical display. It is an elliptical, episodic story of imprisonment and escape, epic in scope. A love affair thrashes and wilts in the freedom of a foreign country, and then begins to submit to the homeland’s doomy gravitational pull. Like Pawlikowski’s previous picture, Ida, this is about the dark heart of Poland itself. The wounded love at its centre surfaces from the depths of cynicism, exhaustion and state-sponsored submission and fear. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Language: Polish + French, German, Croatian, Italian and Russian
BBFC advice: Contains strong language
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