Zimna Wojna

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Zimna Wojna

Cold War - Der Breitengrad der Liebe

Pawel Pawlikowski
PL/GB/F, 2018
Features, 84min, OmdU

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Zimna Wojna

Pawel Pawlikowski
PL/GB/F, 2018
Features, 84min, OmdU

Cast: 
Tomasz Kot
Wiktor
Joanna Kulig
Zula
Borys Szyc
Kaczmarek
Agata Kulesza
Irena
Jeanne Balibar
Juliette
Screenplay: 
Pawel Pawlikowski
Janusz Glowacki
Sound: 
Maciej Pawlowski
Camera: 
Lukasz Zal
Decoration: 
Marcel Slawinski
Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska

Production: 
Opus Film
Apocalypso Pictures
MK2 Productions
Kino Swiat
Protagonist Pictures
World Sales: 
MK2 Films
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

Musician Wiktor meets and falls in love with the fiery and talented singer Zula at an official Polish folk music school in 1949. When, on tour, Wiktor defects to West Germany, Zula does not join him. By the early 1960s, their tangled relationship has crossed several other countries, including Yugoslavia, and France in its jazz era. Pawlikowski’s follow-up to IDA (2013), again set partly in his native Poland, is a tale of love – indeed, of amour fou – set against the changing tides of communist and capitalist societies. The “cold war” indicated by the title is not only a historical epoch, but a state of perpetual, sombre non-alignment between Zula and Wiktor: they are rarely truly unified in their desires, values, life situations and political a liations – and yet an unquenchable, destructive passion keeps hurling them together. Cinematographer Łukasz Żal sets a finely chiselled, black-and-white style that subliminally affects us through the vast “head room” left above the actors in virtually every scene. Like the films of Jia Zhangke (see ASH IS PUREST WHITE), COLD WAR compares evolving fashions in musical performance (folk, jazz, pop) with the machinations of opposed ideologies. (Adrian Martin)

Pawel Pawlikowski THE STRINGER (1998), LAST RESORT (2000), MY SUMMER OF LOVE (2004), LA FEMME DU VÈME (2011), IDA (2013)