16
Oct

Cold War


Information

Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Country/Year: Poland, France, United Kingdom, 2018
Duration: 84’

Director Paweł Pawlikowski decided to revive a forgotten genre in contemporary European cinema – the melodrama. He portrayed a story of a great, tragic love taking place on both sides of the Iron Curtain in the 1950s and 1960s. Wiktor, an ambitious pianist, travels the Polish countryside in search of promising talents for his band. He meets a young, gifted girl – Zula. Shortly after, the two fall madly in love, but face obstacles in these heartless times. Pawlikowski portrayed the cold war story in black and white, as he previously did in the Oscar winning film “Ida”. These tragic lovers, thrust around the world, find themselves time and again in Poland, Yugoslavia, Berlin and Paris. The film is a visual feast with a superb soundtrack – a combination of Polish folk music, jazz and songs from Parisian bars. The film won an award for Best Director during the Cannes film festival and is the Polish candidate for an Oscar.

About the Director:

Director Paweł Pawlikowski decided to revive a forgotten genre in contemporary European cinema – the melodrama. He portrayed a story of a great, tragic love taking place on both sides of the Iron Curtain in the 1950s and 1960s. Wiktor, an ambitious pianist, travels the Polish countryside in search of promising talents for his band. He meets a young, gifted girl – Zula. Shortly after, the two fall madly in love, but face obstacles in these heartless times. Pawlikowski portrayed the cold war story in black and white, as he previously did in the Oscar winning film “Ida”. These tragic lovers, thrust around the world, find themselves time and again in Poland, Yugoslavia, Berlin and Paris. The film is a visual feast with a superb soundtrack – a combination of Polish folk music, jazz and songs from Parisian bars. The film won an award for Best Director during the Cannes film festival and is the Polish candidate for an Oscar.

Most important films:

  • 2004 “My Summer of Love”
  • 2011 “The Woman in the Fifth”
  • 2013 “Ida”
  • 2018 “Cold War”

 

Author: Mikołaj Góralik
Translation to English: Katarzyna Matej