Cold War (2018)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

Original title:  Zimna wojna

//, 2018.  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Pawel Pawlikowski, , with the collaboration of .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Pawel Pawlikowski reportedly based the characters in this sexy, turbulent romance on his own parents, musicians who met, fell in love and experienced a very rocky road before finding peace.  is handsome and brooding as a musician directing a concert of traditional music meant to help Polish audiences get comfortable in their new situation behind the Iron Curtain. Among the prospective singers who audition for him is the gorgeous , lush and blonde and in possession of a rich musical voice, with whom he initiates a sexually charged affair that is then interrupted by his escaping to Paris. She finds him in the City of Lights and they reconnect, but emotional turbulence breaks them up again and their fate sends them hurtling back towards their homeland. These two people try to enjoy their very sexy chemistry while the world around them falls apart; what makes the film so satisfying is that Pawlikowski shows the post-war fracturing of Europe affecting both their passionate lovemaking as well as their harshest fights in a subtle and intelligent manner that never upsets the brittle balance between the personal and the political.  What makes the film so pleasurable is how it all plays out across a stunning visual palette, returning to the crisp, stark monochrome photography that made Ida so compelling, startling the viewer with vivid images set in a multitude of locations including jazz cafes, concert stages, sun-drenched meadows and labour camps.  The grappling for power happening in the background puts the human element in greater relief, and in sharing so much emotional anguish with us the film gets at the true nature of art as a conduit for expression.

The Criterion Collection:  #1005

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski); Best Cinematography; Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski)

Critics Choice Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Awards:  Best European Film; Best European Actress (Joanna Kulig); Best European Director (Pawel Pawlikowski); Best European Screenwriter
Nominations: Best European Actor (Tomasz Kot); Best European Editor

Toronto International Film Festival:  2018

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam Simon says:

    I also think that the best part of Cold war was its cinematography: the black and white worked perfectly in this context!

    I wrote about the movie here, if you want to have a look:

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