A critical and audience favorite at the Cannes Film Festival (where it was award the Best Director prize) Pawel 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 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 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, Paris and Yugoslavia, and inspired by the lives of the director's own parents, COLD WAR meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white cinematography, and an extraordinary soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, COLD WAR is a film to remember.
"Thrillingly seductive! shot and edited with the rhythm of dance." - Sight & Sound
"Wonderful. Radiantly beautiful." - Foxtel Arts Screen
"A swooning, searing film that unexpectedly put me in mind of Casablanca. A reminder of the fundamental things that apply, as time goes by. It left me speechless." - Observer
"Erotically charged. Pawlikowski compresses entire worlds into this exquisite black-and-white drama, which movingly sets love, art and self-determination against tyranny." - New York Times
"What a treat this is! Moving, humane and rich with period detail. You're unlikely to see a more beautifu film this year." - Empire
"Miraculous!" - ABC Radio
"A bona fide masterpiece. The ending is savage, sweet and utterly perfect. A precious discovery, often unutterably beautiful." - The Times
"A dazzling odyssey through the human heart. The most achingly romantic film you'll see this year." - Time Out