A critical and audience favourite at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Paweł Pawlikowski’s ravishing, music-fuelled romance charts two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe.

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Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Cast: Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Poland

MMature themes, coarse language and sex


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Cold War

★★★★★
“Exquisite. Musically glorious and visually ravishing.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★★
“Wonderful. Radiantly beautiful.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

★★★★1/2
“Entirely authentic. Every moment packs a punch.”
David Stratton, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

“Thrillingly seductive! Shot and edited with the rhythm of dance. I loved it.”
Nick James, SIGHT & SOUND

★★★★★
“A swooning, searing film that unexpectedly put me in mind of Casablanca or La La Land as reimagined by Andrzej Wajda or Agnieszka Holland – a reminder of the fundamental things that apply, as time goes by. It left me speechless.”
Mark Kermode, THE OBSERVER

“Dazzling. So assured, so convincing, so involving. It smoulders and burns with the gorgeous, intoxicating atmosphere of star-crossed romance. A compelling portrait of a volatile relationship, an examination of what we we do for love and what love won’t do for us. It’s a tale that’s been told before, but this film makes it light up the screen like it’s the very first time.
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Arresting. Like its two sexy leads – who fall for each other, and keep falling – the movie is built for maximum seduction. So beguiling that you would want to linger longer, learn more, see more. This film is filled with ordinary and surprising beauty, with gleaming and richly textured surfaces, and the kind of velvety black chiaroscuro you can get lost in. It’s greatest strengths, though, are its two knockout leads, who give the story its heat, its flesh and its heartbreak.”
Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

★★★★★
“What a treat this is! Moving, humane, rich with period detail and startlingly well-acted. You’re unlikely to see a more beautiful film this year.”
Andrew Lowery, EMPIRE

“Miraculous! One of the films of the year.”
C.J. Johnson, ABC LOCAL RADIO

★★★★★
“A bona fide masterpiece. Pawlikowski is a peerless dramatist with an unerring ability to convey the most revealing character traits with the tiniest of details. The performances are effortlessly empathetic (Kulig is especially strong). The ending is savage, sweet and utterly perfect. A precious discovery, often unutterably beautiful.”
Kevin Maher, THE TIMES

★★★★★
“A dazzling odyssey through the human heart. The most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year.”
Phil de Semlyen, TIME OUT

2019 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEE (x3) – Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Foreign Language Film
2019 BAFTA AWARDS NOMINEE (x4) – Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography & Film not in the English language
WINNER (x7) – POLISH ACADEMY AWARDS – incl. Best Film, Director, Actress, Script & Cinematography
WINNER – 2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Best Director
WINNER (x5) – 2018 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best Film, Director, Actress, Editor & Screenwriter
WINNER – 2018 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW – Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER – 2018 NEW YORK FILM CRITICS’ CIRCLE – Best Foreign Language Film
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL

A critical and audience favourite at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (where it was awarded the Best Director prize), Paweł Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe.

In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the beautiful Zula (Joanna Kulig, in a luminous star-making turn), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula – whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity – struggle to find their moment in time…
 
Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Yugoslavia, and inspired by the lives of the director’s own parents, COLD WAR meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white cinematography, and an extraordinary soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, COLD WAR is one of the films of the year.

MORE…
“Cold War explores political oppression, the power of music and romance.”- writer/director Paweł Pawlikowski with the Fairfax‘s Stephanie Bunbury (13/12/18)

[Watch] Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell’s 5 star review for Foxtel Arts Screen (19/12/18)

[Watch] David Stratton’s 4.5 star review (16/12/18)

“On Exile, Nationalism, and Love” – Mr. Pawlikowski with the The Atlantic‘s Rachel Donadio (20/12/18)

“An impeccably made star-crossed love story — haunting, atmospheric, passionate and tempestuous.”- Mr. Pawlikowski interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ Kenneth Turan (11/05/18)

“Making of ‘Cold War’: How a Director’s “Never-Ending Disaster” Parents Became a Love Story.”- Mr. Pawlikowski with The Hollywood Reporter (09/11/18)

“Paweł Pawlikowski on ‘Cold War,’ the Divinity of Absolute Love, and the Political Backlash to ‘Ida’ in Poland”- with The Film Stage (08/10/18)

“Oscar talk sparked for Joanna Krulig, playing the role of a lovelorn singer” – Ms. Krulig with the The Guardian‘s Ryan Gilbey (30/08/18)

“Tension, volatility and passion form the heart of Polish love story ‘Cold War'” – Mr. Pawlikowsk & Ms. Krulig with the Los Angeles Times‘s Gregory Ellwood (13/11/18)

“Mr. Pawlikowski On The Personal Story Behind ‘Cold War’”- with Deadline Hollywood‘s Andreas Wiseman (26/10/18)

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