TIFF Review: 'Cold War' Is Pawel Pawlikowski's Deeply Personal 'Ida' Followup Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Published Sep 08, 2018Pawel Pawlikowski's first film after Ida won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Cold War is a visually stunning love story loosely based on his parents. It follows Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a composer and musical director, and the young, bold Zula (Joanna Kulig) who captivates him when she auditions for his Polish folk music act.
Following the entirety of their relationship, the film jumps through years at a time and across the iron curtain, creating a collection of snapshots of their intense, sometimes volatile relationship. With time spent in Poland, Berlin and France, Pawlikowski explores what it means to live and love in the specific political landscape of postwar Poland and Europe.
Using impeccable imagery and evocative music that changes with the narrative, Cold War portrays truths much larger than the political, but which are shaped by it nonetheless.