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Berwick Film Society: Cold War

Poland 1949. Composer Wiktor and aspiring singer Zula become lovers, despite their discordant temperaments and diverging ambitions.

As Stalinism intensifies, they are led abroad in pursuit of music and the obsession of their amour fou, journeying via divided Berlin, Yugoslavia and the jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. Sometimes together but more often apart, they are ultimately drawn back to their native Poland.

Director Pawlikowski, who has previously worked extensively in the UK, dedicates the film to his parents, on whom the two main characters are loosely drawn. While contrasting the sweeping scope of his historical canvas with a taut elliptical narrative, the opulent black and white cinematography and an eclectic musical soundtrack enrich the fabric of this fast-moving and turbulent romance.

“A sweeping tale of passion and politics set in the shadow of the iron curtain” Mark Kermode, The Observer

“A glorious throwback, rekindling the glory days of New Wave cinema” Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
Cast: Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Borys Szyc
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Year: 2018
Genres: Berwick Film Society
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