Silver Screen: Cold War



Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar

Director: Paweł Pawlikowski

Running Time: 88 minutes

Certificate: 15 - strong language, threat, drug misuse

Country: Poland

Format: 2D

Dedicated fortnightly screenings of contemporary and classic films. The ticket price includes a complimentary tea / coffee and biscuits.

“Paweł Pawlikowski’s love letter to his parents is a sweeping tale of passion and politics set in the shadow of the iron curtain”
-Mark Kermode, The Observer

"The torn curtain of love is the theme of Paweł Pawlikowski’s mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film set in cold war Poland and beyond."
-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Pawlikowski is in complete control of the form, but this is no austere piece of work - he even finds time for a few good jokes. Accessible, humane and compassionate: what a treat this is."
-Andrew Lowry, Empire Magazine

"At its heart there’s a relationship that doesn’t wholly move you as it needs to do. The rigour of this film-making is nonetheless ravishing."
-David Sexton, London Evening Standard

"Demonstrates a significant leap in storytelling prowess together with an unerring ability to convey the most revealing character traits with the tiniest of details."
-Kevin Maher, Times

"One of the most colourful things you’ll ever see in black and white."
-Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

"Somehow, it’s both pristine and jazzy - emotionally aloof by design, but still accessible."
-Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"The exquisitely-told tale of a decades-long love affair that defies boundaries of class and age, as well as post-war tensions between East and West."
-Brian Viner, Daily Mail

"Reflecting the two leads, the film retains a quiet humour throughout."
-Geoffrey Macnab, Independent

"In 84 densely packed minutes, the dialogue is often bracingly spare and scenes of sensual pleasure are invariably interrupted, as if cut off by the long arm of cold war communism."
-Raphael Abraham, Financial Times

Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950’s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris--the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.


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