Feb. 21: Cold War
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Rating: 14a for some sexual content, nudity, and language
Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is a jazz-loving pianist and musical director
auditioning folk musicians as part of a state-sponsored project to champion culture from rural Poland. Zula (Joanna Kulig), who turns out to be more torch singer than folk singer, captivates Wiktor at first sight with her beauty and insouciance. Their story spans
borders and decades in this portrait of the complex relationship
between the doomed lovers and their country. A visual poem that
resonates all the more thanks to its striking use of choral, classical, and jazz music, Cold War is an epic and arresting love story.
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
Its greatest strengths, though, are its two knockout leads, who give the story its heat, its flesh and its heartbreak.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
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