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  • Director

    Pawel Pawlikowski

  • Starring

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    89 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    Polish and French with English subtitles

  • Format


  • Director of Photography: Łukasz Żal PSC

  • Exec Producer: Nathanaël Karmitz, Lizzie Francke, Rohit Khattar, John Woodward, Jeremy Gawade and Daniel Battsek

  • Editor: Jarosław Kamiński PSM

  • Produced by: Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczyńska

  • Music: Marcin Masecki

  • Script Writer: Paweł Pawlikowski

  • Screenplay by: Paweł Pawlikowski and Janusz Głowacki with the collaboration of Piotr Borkowski

  • Production Designer: Katarzyna Sobańska and Marcel Sławiński

  • Sound Production: Maciej Pawłowski, Mirosław Makowski

Director Bio

Pawel Pawlikowski

P&I - Director Bio

Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and left Poland at the age of fourteen first for the UK, Germany and Italy, before finally settling in the UK in 1977. He studied literature and philosophy in London and Oxford.

Pawlikowski started making documentary films for the BBC in the late 1980s. His documentaries, which include From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels, Serbian Epics, and Tripping with Zhirinovsky, have won numerous international awards including an Emmy and the Prix Italia. In 1998, Pawlikowski moved into fiction with a low budget TV film, Twockers, which was followed by two full-length features, Last Resort and My Summer of Love, both of which he wrote and directed. Both films won British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, as well as many others at festivals around the world.

He made The Woman in the Fifth in 2011, and his most recent film, Ida, won the 2015 Foreign Language Academy Award, five European Film Awards, a Bafta and a Goya, among many other prizes. Pawlikowski returned to Poland in 2013 while completing Ida. He currently lives in Warsaw and teaches film direction and writing at the Wajda School.


Cold War


Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of the Oscar-winning Ida, returns with the passionate love story of Wiktor and Zula, who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the couple are separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times. Cold War is dedicated to Pawel Pawlikowski’s parents, whose names the protagonists share. The real Wiktor and Zula died in 1989, just before the Berlin Wall came down.

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