In COLD WAR—Paweł Pawlikowski’s fleet, intoxicating mix of modern jazz, Paris boîtes, stunning black-and-white cinematography, and reckless abandon—singer Zula (Joanna Kulig) and pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) are border-hopping lovers traversing Europe throughout the 1950s and ’60s. They’ll always have Warsaw… but that will never be enough.
Like the director’s previous feature Ida (2013), COLD WAR was shot in a tight 1:1.33 aspect ratio, a perfect frame for circumscribed lives in fragments.
The film kicks off the Hammer presentation of the special ticketed series MOMA CONTENDERS 2018, which runs through mid-December. Pawlikowski will participate in a post-screening Q & A.
Monday, December 3, at 7:30 pm.
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Note: Tickets for the MOMA Contenders series are $20. general and $10. for Hammer members.
From top: Joanna Kulig in Cold War (2); Kulig and Tomasz Kot. Image credit: Amazon Studios.