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Polish Film Festival

Part II—New Releases

Cold War, Zimna Wojna

Still image from film

Wednesday, November 7, 8:15 p.m.
The Little Theatre

2018, 90 min. Poland, UK, France
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Written by: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki
Principal Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar


Trailer

Academy Award-winning director returns with a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the couple are separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times.

Award for Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards.

"A mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film. An elliptical, episodic story of imprisonment and escape, epic in scope. The musical ensemble performances are staggering – brilliantly choreographed by Pawlikowski and filmed by cinematographer Łukasz Żal.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian