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  • Director

    Pawel Pawlikowski

  • Starring

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

  • Run Time

    89 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Certificate


  • 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


Cold War

Part of the European Perspectives Strand


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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