An audience favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and already touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950’s Europe.
In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor 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, a fiery and charismatic singer with a post, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity to escape the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain.
Spanning 15 years across partitioned Europe and inspired by the lives of Pawlikowski’s parents, Cold War meticulously recreates the era with black-and-while cinematography.
Director Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki
Stars Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Awards and Nominations
Nominee – British Independent Film Awards – Best International Film 2018
Winner – Cannes Film Festival Best Director 2018
Winner – Stockholm Film Festival Best Film 2018
Nominee – Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award 2018