Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography, 4 BAFTA awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Original Screenplay.
Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning 'Ida' with the stunning 'Cold War', an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II.
In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time.
Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent - and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.
"Revels in cinematic glamour" - Jonathan Romeny, Sight and Sound's Film of the Month
★★★★★ "Recalling Bergman and Fellini, Cold War feels like a movie from a past era" - Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro
★★★★★ "Masterpiece" - Kevin Maher, The Times
★★★★★ - "Accessible, humane and compassionate; what a treat this is" - Andrew Lowry, Empire
★★★★★ "An achingly romantic joy" - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
★★★★★ "It left me speechless" - Mark Kermode's Film of the Week, The Observer
★★★★★ "Mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards along with Capernaum, Never Look Away, Roma and Shoplifters.