Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest. In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time. Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.


Pawel Pawlikowski


Production year: 2017 Original title: Zimna wojna


Best Director, 2018 Cannes Film Festival


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Nominated for three Academy Awards®

GENRE: Romance, Drama, War

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski

COUNTRIES: France, Poland, UK

LANGUAGES: French, Polish

Best Director, 2018 Cannes Film Festival



  • “Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisitely chilling Soviet-era drama maps the dark heart of Poland itself”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

  • “A beautifully composed tone poem to doomed love”

    John Bleasdale, CineVue

  • “A glorious throwback...made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of European New Wave cinema”

    Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

  • “Kulig, as effervescent in her way as the young Jeanne Moreau, is the film’s life force”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph

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