Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War is one of those love-among-the-ruins romances built for maximum seduction.
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest.
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.
Please join us after the 3:45pm screening on Saturday, February 9 for a talkback with Lisa Di Bartolomeo. Lisa is currently an American Council on Education Leadership Fellow hosted this academic year by the University of South Carolina. She is a Professor of Russian Studies and Slavic and East European Studies at West Virginia University. Her research and teaching interests include Polish cinema, East European science fiction, Holocaust literature and film, and vampires in popular culture.