Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), returns with an intricate love story infused with music and geopolitical peril. Spanning the late 1940's and early 1960's, and fluctuating between Eastern and Western Europe, the story of Wiktor and Zula (played with hypnotic intensity by Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig) plays like a cold-war era jazz-score. In rich tones of black and white, zigging from passion to desperation, the film brings new vibrancy to the age old cinematic conundrum: What would you do for love? Pawlikowski was named Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Cold War, which is said to be based on his parent's own story.
A discussion with director Pawel Pawlikowski follows the screening. Moderated by Raj Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art.
Cold War. 2018. Poland. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 88 min.
MoMA Contenders 2018 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Senior Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.