COLD WAR (2018)
Fans of Paweł Pawlikowski's Oscar®-winning 2013 hit IDA will not be disappointed by his follow-up, a stunningly shot, music-drenched love story for the ages, which won the Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in Poland, East Germany, Yugoslavia and France — and loosely based on the story of Pawlikowski's own parents — COLD WAR follows a pair of star-crossed lovers from their first fateful meeting in post-World War II Poland. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot, SPOOR) is a jazz-loving musicologist tasked with recruiting traditional folk musicians to tour the Eastern Bloc as part of a state-sponsored showcase. When Zula (Joanna Kulig, IDA, THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH) poses as a villager to infiltrate auditions for the troupe and escape her troubled home life, she quickly becomes the star of the show, captivating Wiktor and sparking a 15-year love affair that spans borders, political regimes and musical genres. DIR/SCR Paweł Pawlikowski; SCR Janusz Glowacki; PROD Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian. Poland/France/UK, 2018, b&w, 88 min. In Polish, French, German, Croatian, Italian and Russian with English subtitles. RATED R
AFI Member passes accepted.