Cold War. 2018. Poland. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 88 min.
Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) returns with an intricate love story infused with music and geopolitical peril. Spanning the late 1940s to the early 1960s, and fluctuating between Eastern and Western Europe, the story of Wiktor and Zula (performed with hypnotic intensity by Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig) plays like a Cold War–era jazz score. Filmed in rich tones of black and white, the film careens between passion and desperation, bringing new vibrancy to an age-old cinematic conundrum: What would you do for love? Pawlikowski was named Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Cold War, which is said to be based on his parents’ own story.