Cold War

2019 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography & 2018 Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival

R, 89 minutes


From the Writer/Director of Ida, COLD WAR is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times. (2018, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/France/UK, Polish/French with English subtitles, 89 min, R, DCP)

“COLD WAR is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Cinematographer Lukasz Zal finds a chilly, etched beauty in every frame; you’re struck by how snow seems to stroke and soften a harsh landscape, and by the poignancy of wind ruffling the grass in a quiet field.” — Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“An aching film on such exquisite pains of impossible love, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War concurrently swells your heart and breaks it.” — Tomris Laffly,

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