A film by Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
During the Cold War, between Stalinist Poland and Bohemian Paris in the 1950s, a freedom-loving musician and a passionate young singer live an impossible love in an impossible time.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War begins with close-ups of folk musicians loudly playing for the camera and you are going what the hell is going on but wait it is part of the film. The film tells the tale of a tragic romance between a musician and a singer, spanning fifteen years in post-war Europe. Wictor (Tomasz Kot) in the middle Polish winter in 1949, as he and fellow music expert Irena (Agata Kulesza) travel around the frozen landscape of Poland in a truck, recording folk music wherever they find it. Thanks to Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), a school is set up to bring young talent and create an ensemble to celebrate Polish musical culture and tradition. Competition is fierce but a blonde with stand out named Zula (Joanna Kulig). She is ambitious and caught the eye of wictor which soon after the romantic relationship is going to take place. The film is shot in black and white. And may the fractured romance across Europe begins.
Here is a woman Zula A singer on fire with a beautiful voice. Sassy, immature, she pretend to be a peasant woman to join a group of folk singers. She meets Wictor that she is going to fall in love hard for despite some her life’s choice that are going to be different from his. It is an offbeat romance where the two are going to struggle and it looks like they are addicted to each other despite that her choices are not the greatest one. Pawlikowski’s Cold War is dedicated to his parents, on whose love affair it is loosely based. And yes it is a masterpiece. Here the polish cinema is making its mark in this world. It is growing and expanding at the speed of light.