Musician Wiktor travels around a monochrome snowy landscape with colleague Irena recording regional folk music. When they set up a school to promote Polish culture and tradition, one of those auditioned is Zula, a beautiful singer and dancer, who has been in prison for murder. To Irene’s disapproval a passionate affair ensues, which will take Wiktor and Zula across political and personal boundary lines. The soundtrack as the years pass (late 40s to 60s), acts as the backdrop to these significant times in European history. The film won Pawlikowski the 2018 Cannes best director award.
“Whatever they endure, whether separation, betrayal, alcoholism, the ravages of ageing or even imprisonment, they never give in to self-pity. Reflecting the two leads, the film retains a quiet humour throughout.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 88mins Pol/Fra/UK 2018
Cold War will be introduced and discussed by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, who added so much to our screening of Ida a couple of seasons ago. Cold War, incidentally, stars Agata Kulesza (the novice in Ida) and Joanna Kulig (the singer in Ida)