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Cold War

  • Sarring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
  • Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Languages: German, French, Russian, Italian, Polish, Croatian
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Music
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 89 min.

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. [Amazon Studios]

"This is the refined work of an artist at the peak of his powers, and, dare we say it, a masterpiece. "
- John Bleasdale, CineVue
"Cold War is a ravishment, a cinematic feast for the senses, and it packs an epic inner landscape into a dense 88 minutes. "
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"We can see Cold War as a look back on recent history, not through the lens of realism, but as a Hollywood fantasy, a kind of romantic protest against a political nightmare."
- Liam Lacey, Original-Cin
"A near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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, just like the sore memory of a lover that drifted away from your life, or an intensely craved kiss that never was. "
- Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
"The Polish filmmaker has conjured a dazzling, painful, universal odyssey through the human heart and all its strange compulsions. It could be the most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year, or just a really painful reminder of the one that got away. "
- Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
"Pawlikowski, who doesn’t waste a shot (nor compose one that isn’t a work of art on its lonesome), creates a gripping present tense from the clarity and efficiency of his storytelling: No matter how often he lurches us forward in time, we remain locked into the emotional sphere of his characters."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"Polish actress Joanna Kulig has been waiting for years to show what she can do, and in Cold War she gets the chance. She takes the role of a lifetime between her teeth, chomps on it, pounds it into the ground and never lets go for a second. Ferocity and intensity are present in every moment of her performance, even when she’s contained. With Cold War, Kulig breaks out as a lioness of international cinema. "
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Showtimes

  • Friday, 2/22 8:15pm
  • Saturday, 2/23 4:00pm, 7:15pm
  • Sunday, 2/24 2:45pm
  • Monday, 2/25 3:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 2/26 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, 2/27 7:15pm
  • Thursday, 2/28 5:30pm