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Cold War (2018)

Zimna wojna (original title)
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In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

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Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers:

Pawel Pawlikowski (story), Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 98 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kulig ... Zula
Tomasz Kot ... Wiktor
Borys Szyc ... Kaczmarek
Agata Kulesza ... Irena
Cédric Kahn ... Michel
Jeanne Balibar ... Juliette
Adam Woronowicz ... Consul
Adam Ferency ... Minister
Drazen Sivak Drazen Sivak ... Sleuth 1
Slavko Sobin ... Sleuth 2
Aloïse Sauvage ... Waitress
Adam Szyszkowski ... Guard
Anna Zagórska Anna Zagórska ... Ania
Tomasz Markiewicz Tomasz Markiewicz ... Leader of ZMP
Izabela Andrzejak Izabela Andrzejak ... Mazurek
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Storyline

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 background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love has no borders.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Poland | UK | France

Language:

Polish | French | German | Russian | Italian | Croatian

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold War See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,353, 23 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,572,545, 31 March 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joanna Kulig had worked for Pawlikowski before, in his two movies: Ida (2013) and The Woman in the Fifth (2011). Agata Kulesza was also in 'Ida'. See more »

Quotes

Zula: Are you interested in me, because I have a talent or in general?
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Oscars 2019 Recap (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Loves You Porgy
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
Performed by Joanna Kulig & Tomasz Kot
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Style over Content
1 September 2018 | by andygeSee all my reviews

This is another case of style over content. The look of this film is stunning , deliberately reminiscent of the European films of the 50'sand 60's however there is no substance to the story. The script jumps years and places so many times that we never care enough about the main characters and their love story which is the main focus of the film (some would say only focus) as the major political changes that took place during this period are kept so far in the background that they seem insignificant and ultimately irrelevant.The jazz sequences in a Paris cafe only seem to be included to show some great smoky black and white photography rather than to move the plot forward. I appreciate that this is a very personal story for the director but in the transition to the screen he has lost the tragedy and emotion that he wanted to convey to audiences... and what could have been a great film is only 'quite good'.


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