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About this movie
Shot in exquisite black and white, Pawel Pawlikowski’s (2013 Oscar-winner for Ida) searing love story begins in the late 1940s when pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), recording folk music in the Polish countryside, meets singer Zula (a riveting Joanna Kulig). In short order, they are passionately in love, and she is a star, but the whims of their Soviet masters—and the wilfulness both of them harbour within themselves—makes for a long and bumpy, if musically glorious, road forward… Pawlikowski orchestrates this intense location- and time-jumping tale (based on his own parents’ story) like a master, using the music that both brings the couple together and drives them apart as a roadmap straight to the heart of their difficult love. It is no surprise that his gorgeous film captured the Best Director prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
‘A terrific, smoky-cool love story… Cold War is a crisply controlled saga of romantic torture, glamour, forbidden border crossings and more betrayals than you can shake a black silk stocking at. To some degree, this is a rather serious movie about treacherous love in tough times. But you don’t have to hang that kind of weight on its shoulders to enjoy it…’—Stephanie Zacharek, Time