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Cold War

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski

2018 | Poland | 89 minutes


Friday, April 12, 2019, 7pm


Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3pm


Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7pm

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.

"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." - Kenneth Turan, 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." - Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

Academy Awards 2019, Nominee, Best Picture

Academy Awards 2019, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing

Academy Awards 2019, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

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