WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Told over 15 years in stunning black and white, Cold War is the love story of musicians Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully drawn to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the couple are separated by politics, character flaws and twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times. With a terrific soundtrack comprising folk, jazz, classical and more, Cold War uses music to signify the passage of time and the changing relationship between the lovers. Brilliantly acted and visually stunning, Cold War is one of the films of the year.
The torn curtain of love is the theme of Paweł Pawlikowski’s mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film set in cold war Poland and beyond. The crystalline black-and-white cinematography exalts its moments of intimate grimness and its dreamlike showpieces of theatrical display. It is an elliptical, episodic story of imprisonment and escape, epic in scope. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian