Cold War

Cinema

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | 2018 | Poland, UK, France | Polish with English subtitles | Starring Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza | 85mins| Certificate 15

Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the Oscar-winning Ida, returns with an exquisite Polish drama, the winner of the Best Director award at Cannes.

Loosely inspired by Pawlikowski’s parents (to whom the film is also dedicated), Cold War is set against the oppressive background of the Cold War and across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. It follows singer Zula (an effortlessly magnetic and beguiling performance by Joanna Kulig) and pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) from their initial meeting at an audition over the course of the ensuing 15 years.

Endlessly drawn to each other, they are unable to co-exist but their inability to move on from one another is cyclical, stuck on a painful and exhausting loop. The film’s very structure – particularly through use of narrative ellipses – serves to compound and solidify their unbreakable bond as Zula rises to fame, as they perform across Eastern Europe (the film includes some brilliantly choreographed musical set-pieces) and realise that they must find a way to slip past the Iron Curtain, and soon.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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