COLD WAR
ZIMNA WOJNA
2018, Amazon Studios, 88 min, Poland/France/UK, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel Pawlikowski (2015 Oscar winner IDA) earned the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for this passionate romance between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland, broadly inspired by the filmmaker’s parents. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is an even-tempered musician grounded in the urban intelligentsia and Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a charismatic young singer with a mysterious past and a seemingly limitless future - a pair who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Shot in black-and-white and 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.


IDA
2014, Music Box Films, 82 min, Poland/Denmark, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Set in 1962 and shot in B&W, this haunting drama is carried by two exceptional performances in very different roles. While visiting family before taking the vows to become a nun, shy Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is shocked to learn that her birth name is Ida Lebenstein, and that her parents were killed during WWII. With her hard-nosed aunt (Agata Kulesza), she sets out to find their graves – a journey that takes them through Poland’s painful past to the doorsteps of their futures. “A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. In Polish with English subtitles.


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