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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2019 Feature Film)

Pawel Pawlikoswki | Poland, France, United Kingdom | 2018 | b/w | DCP | 88' | Polish, French | e.s.

An epic, doomed romance, set on either side of the Iron Curtain. In a scant 80 minutes, Cold War not only documents the entire history of the love between Polish musician Wiktor and his muse Zula, but also that of the developing musical movements in Eastern and Western Europe, which they encounter on their flight.

Musician Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) goes in search of new talent in rural, post-war Poland. There he meets the young Zula (Joanna Kulig), his dream woman. In Poland, their love cannot get what it needs: music, artistry, freedom. This is the start of an epic love story of people on the run, set on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski was inspired to make this intimate drama in eye-popping black and white by his own parent’s love story. The title Cold War not only pertains to the icy relations between Eastern and Western Europe, but also to those between the often bickering couple. More often than is good for them, Wiktor and Zula have to cross borders to hold each other. Cold War was nominated for three Oscars for the beautiful images, the supreme direction and the compelling, painful, romantic story.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 20:00

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 15:00

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 10:30

Duration: 1:12

Year in Festival
Pawel Pawlikoswki
Lukasz Zal
Joanna Kulig
Tomasz Kot
United Kingdom
Jaroslaw Kaminski
Year of Production
Pawel Pawlikoswki

Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI (1957, Poland) was born in Warsaw and moved to the United Kingdom, then Germany and Italy at age 14 before permanently settling in the UK in 1977. He studied literature and philosophy in London and Oxford, and made various prize-winning documentaries. He subsequently switched to focus on feature films. Ida (2013) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Cold War (2018) won Pawlikowski Best Director in Cannes. The film was also nominated for three Oscars.


(selection) Lucifer over Lancashire (1987, doc), Extraordinary Adventures (1988, short), Vaclav Havel (1989, doc), From Moscow to Pietushki (1991, doc), Serbian Epics (1992, doc), Dostoevky's Travels (1992, doc), Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1995, doc), The Stringer (1998), Twockers (1999, short), Last Resort (2000), My Summer of Love (2004), La femme du Vème/The Woman in the Fifth (2011), Ida (2013), Zimna wojna/Cold War (2018)