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              Cold War (2018)

              Zimna wojna (original title)
              In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.


              Pawel Pawlikowski


              Pawel Pawlikowski (story), Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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              Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 98 nominations. See more awards »



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              Cast overview, first billed only:
              Joanna Kulig ... Zula
              Tomasz Kot ... Wiktor
              Borys Szyc ... Kaczmarek
              Agata Kulesza ... Irena
              Cédric Kahn ... Michel
              Jeanne Balibar ... Juliette
              Adam Woronowicz ... Consul
              Adam Ferency ... Minister
              Drazen Sivak Drazen Sivak ... Sleuth 1
              Slavko Sobin ... Sleuth 2
              Alo?se Sauvage ... Waitress
              Adam Szyszkowski ... Guard
              Anna Zagórska Anna Zagórska ... Ania
              Tomasz Markiewicz Tomasz Markiewicz ... Leader of ZMP
              Izabela Andrzejak Izabela Andrzejak ... Mazurek


              A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

              Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


              Love has no borders.


              Drama | Music | Romance

              Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

              Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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              Poland | UK | France


              Polish | French | German | Russian | Italian | Croatian

              Release Date:

              22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

              Also Known As:

              Cold War See more »

              Filming Locations:

              Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »


              Box Office


              €4,300,000 (estimated)

              Opening Weekend USA:

              $54,353, 23 December 2018, Limited Release

              Gross USA:

              $4,533,425, 17 March 2019
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              Technical Specs


              Sound Mix:

              Dolby Digital


              Black and White (ACES)

              Aspect Ratio:

              1.37 : 1
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              Did You Know?


              Official submission of Poland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »


              Zula: Let's go to the other side.
              Zula: The view will be better there.
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              Featured in Premios Goya 33 edición (2019) See more »


              Cudna Djevojka
              Music by Martin Robinson
              Lyrics by Martin Robinson & Slobodan Stojanovic
              Performed by Zlatni djecaci
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              23 May 2018 | by lucywalkercatsSee all my reviews

              There is perhaps no greater example in recent memory of a film that so successfully makes the political personal. It is moving without ever once feeling contrived. This deserves the next Foreign Film Oscar by a longshot.

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