Cold War

COLD WAR / Zimna wojna

OPENING NIGHT (Function 6pm, Screening 7pm)
Thursday, 18th October, 
ACMI Cinema 2, Federation Square

 2018 / Poland-UK-France / 88 min / In Polish with English subtitles

Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski
Written by: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki
Music: Marcin Masecki
Director of Photography: Łukasz Żal
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza


*** WINNER – 2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Best Director ***

A favourite with audiences and critics alike at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Best Director prize, and already touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender, 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 much younger 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, Yugoslavia and Paris, and inspired by the real-life story of the director’s own parents, COLD WAR meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white visuals, and a terrific 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.

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

“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