Cold War

Showed at Images 2/15/2019–2/21/2019

Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc

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Nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography

The winner of the coveted Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Cold War offers an exquisitely realized love story that transcends a lifetime against the backdrop of postwar Eastern Europe.

Traversing the tumultuous terrain of a passionate love affair spanning decades and countries on each side of the 1950s political divide, the film follows Wiktor, a musician working on a government project at the end of the ‘40s. As he scours the Polish countryside looking for folk-singers to join a cultural tour sponsored by the state, a spark ignites as he locks eyes with the young and fiery Zula, a singer with an energy and attitude that stands out amongst those chosen to represent the best and brightest of the nation. As they strike up a fierce yet utterly doomed romance and the years pass, the intensity of their ill-fated attraction refuses to fade even as the world around them darkens.

Director Pawel Pawilowski has pulled off a miracle: crafting a grand epic that crackles with vitality, stripped down to its essentials and paced so tightly it moves with dizzying intoxication. The result is a treasure of a film that dazzles with each jaw-droppingly gorgeous frame.

  • Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
  • Genre: Drama/Romance

“A near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned.”

– Washington Post