Co-writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski’s lush romantic drama is the story of an ill-starred couple who meets in the ruins of 1950s Poland. Filmed in luminous black and white (like Pawlikowski’s previous work, 2013’s much-awarded Ida), Cold War tells the tale of two musicians who meet when Wiktor, a pianist, is traveling the countryside as a musical ethnographer and sly singer Zula auditions for his folk-music ensemble. The two begin a fiery affair—but with different backgrounds and temperaments, they are as fatally mismatched as they are fatefully condemned to one another.
Set against the backdrop of the Cold War—and a fabulous, eclectic soundtrack ranging from jazz and classical music to Soviet propaganda—in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, the couple is separated by politics, their own character flaws, and tragic twists of fate. Theirs is an impossible love story for impossible times.
Producer: Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczynska | Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski | Cinematographer: Lukasz Zal | Screenwriter: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Piotr Borkowski
Cast: Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Agata Kulesza, Jeanne Balibar, Cédric Kahn
Additional Countries: France, UK