Cold War

3 Oscar Noms!

Pawel Pawlikowski
Run Time: 
89 mins
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
In Polish with Subtitles

"Cold War" is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it's the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate - an impossible love story in impossible times.

"'Cold War' is a ravishment, a cinematic feast for the senses, and it packs an epic inner landscape into a dense 88 minutes." - Boston Globe

"A near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned." - Washington Post

"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." - Los Angeles Times

"An aching film on such exquisite pains of impossible love, Paweł Pawlikowski’s 'Cold War' concurrently swells your heart and breaks it, just like the sore memory of a lover that drifted away from your life, or an intensely craved kiss that never was." -

"The Polish filmmaker has conjured a dazzling, painful, universal odyssey through the human heart and all its strange compulsions. It could be the most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year, or just a really painful reminder of the one that got away." - Time Out