A critical and audience favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Best Director prize, and touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender, Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe..
In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the beautiful Zula (Joanna Kulig, in a luminous star-making turn), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula – whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity – struggle to find their moment in time…
Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, and inspired by the real-life story of the director’s own parents, Cold War meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white cinematography, and a terrific soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships.Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, Cold War is one of the films of the year.
CTC from Dec 26. Check out the gorgeous trailer here
“Exquisite. Musically glorious and visually ravishing.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A masterpiece. A precious discovery, often unutterably beautiful.” – Kevin Maher, The Times
“A dazzling odyssey thought the human heart. The most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year.” – Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 advance screening double passes valid nationally (ex WA & Tas) for the preview weekends of December 14-16 & 21-23. No tricky questions, all you have to do for a chance to win is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Cold War in the subject line, making sure you include a postal address for the passes. NB, this a competition best suited to those living in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane or Adelaide. Local inner west cinemas include Palace Norton St, Central and Dendy Newtown. A list of participating cinemas nationwide can be found here. Entries close midday Monday Dec 10.
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