Cold War

Genre:  Drama, Romance, War
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date:
January 11, 2019 - Montréal
January 25, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver
DVD: November 19, 2019
Blu-ray: November 19, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 24 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar


In 1949 rural Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and his producing partner Irena (Agata Kulesza) are recording folk songs and auditioning musicians and dangers to showcase the authentic sounds of Poland. Zula (Joanna Kulig), ayoung woman posing as a village girl, shows up for the auditions and performs a song learned from a Russian movie, rather than a Polish tune. Irene senses that Zula isn't what she says she is, but Wiktor is smitten by the girl, even after his colleagues discover that she's on parole for killing her father with a knife. He casts Zula as one of the stars of the show.

When the show takes them to Berlin, Wiktor spots a chance to defect and asks Zula to join him, but she's not as eager as he is to escape their situation.

Originally titled Zimna wojna, Cold War debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won an award for Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), just the first of many awards it won around the world.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczynska
Screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki

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  • 5 stars "Masterpiece , directing and acting."
  • 4 stars "Such a sad period in history, the photography is phenomenal, the most lacking element is the aging make up of the characters."
  • 5 stars "Great and fascinating movie. Masterfully directed and acted. A love story in complicated reality of a country re-emerging after WWII damages to all aspects of life and politics. The meaning of freedom, commitment, values and the motivation/choices of the main characters cause this film to be remembered for a long time."