Cold War

This sweeping, delirious romance begins in the Polish countryside, where Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a musician on a state-sponsored mission to collect folk songs, discovers a captivating young singer named Zula (Joanna Kulig, in a performance for the ages). Over the next fifteen years, their turbulent relationship will play out in stolen moments between two worlds: the jazz clubs of decadent bohemian Paris, to which he defects, and the corrupt, repressive Communist Bloc, where she remains—universes bridged by their passion for music and for each other. Photographed in luscious monochrome and suffused with the melancholy of the simple folk song that provides a motif for the couple’s fateful affair, Paweł Pawlikowski’s timeless story—inspired by that of his own parents—is a heart-stoppingly grand vision of star-crossed love caught up in the tide of history.

Film Info

  • Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Poland
  • 2018
  • 88 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Polish, Croatian, Russian, German, Italian, French
  • Spine #1005

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital master, supervised and approved by director Paweł Pawlikowski and director of photography Łukasz Żal, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñàrritu
  • Press conference featuring Pawlikowski and Żal; actors Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, and Borys Szyc; and producer Ewa Puszczynska
  • Documentaries from 2018 on the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek

New cover by Katya Mezhibovskaya

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Nov 19, 2019

Special Features

  • New 4K digital master, supervised and approved by director Paweł Pawlikowski and director of photography Łukasz Żal, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñàrritu
  • Press conference featuring Pawlikowski and Żal; actors Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, and Borys Szyc; and producer Ewa Puszczynska
  • Documentaries from 2018 on the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek

New cover by Katya Mezhibovskaya

Cold War
Cast
Joanna Kulig
Zula
Tomasz Kot
Wiktor
Borys Szyc
Kaczmarek
Agata Kulesza
Irena
Cédric Kahn
Michel
Jeanne Balibar
Juliette
Credits
Director
Paweł Pawlikowski
Story by
Paweł Pawlikowski
Screenplay
Paweł Pawlikowski
Screenplay
Janusz Glowacki
With the collaboration of
Piotr Borkowski
Producer
Tanya Seghatchian
Producer
Ewa Puszczynska
Coproducer
Piotr Dzięcioł
Coproducer
Małgozata Bela
Executive producer
Nathaniël Karmitz
Executive producer
Lizzie Francke
Executive producer
Rohit Khattar
Executive producer
John Woodward
Executive producer
Jeremy Gawade
Executive producer
Daniel Battsek
Line producer
Magdalena Malisz
Cinematography
Łukasz Żal
Production design
Katarzyna Sobanska
Production design
Marcel Sławiński
Editing
Jarosław Kamiński
Sound
Maciej Pawłowski
Sound
Mirosław Makowski
Casting
Magdalena Szwarcbart
Costumes
Aleksandra Staszko
Hair and Makeup
Waldemar Pokromski