Date: TBD

Poland | UK | France

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian with English subtitles

Drama, Music, Romance

88 minutes

Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the context of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in desperate times.

The turbulent relationship between the main characters was inspired by the director's real-life parents, who were the real-life creators of the world-renowned Polish folk dance group Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze, Tadeusz Sygietynski and Mira Ziminska. They were married and toured the countryside after the war in search of talented young folk singers and dancers.


“Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning "Ida," Poland's recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.”

  • Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Pawel Pawlikowski's savagely sexy spellbinder burns with a fever that won't quit. Joanna Kulig is a shining new star who rips across the screen like a comet. Forget the frosty title, there's enough sizzling carnality here to singe the screen.”

  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A film about a doomed romance, Cold War is a haunting portrait of love during wartime, a love that's maybe not meant to be but utterly, cosmically, inescapable.”

  • Joshua Brunsting, The CriterionCast






  • Cannes Film Festival 2018, Best Director, Pawel Pawlikowski
  • El Gouna International Film Festival 2018, Best Actress, Joanna Kulig
  • European Film Award, Best European Director, European Screenwriter & European Film

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