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EUFF: Poland | Cold War

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 | 88mins

Featuring the blossoming of an impossible romance set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Cold War is a provocative examination of everyday life during this troubled historical period. The film revolves around two protagonists; Wiktor, a composer and pianist looking for young performers to perform in a propaganda musical, and Zula, a beautiful and promising teenage vocalist who auditions for said musical. Before long, the two indulge in a passionate romance, and Wiktor makes Zula a star. Crisis strikes however, when Wiktor and Zula agree to do a performance in East Berlin, giving them the perfect opportunity to defect to the West. Cold War won director Pawel Pawlikowski the Best Director Award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and is the Polish selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

Présentant le développement d’une romance impossible dans le contexte de la guerre froide dans les années 1950, en Pologne, COLD WAR est un examen provocateur de la vie quotidienne durant cette période historique troublée. Le film tourne autour de deux protagonistes : Wiktor, un compositeur et pianiste à la recherche de jeunes talents pour jouer dans une performance musicale de propagande, et Zula, une belle chanteuse adolescente prometteuse qui auditionne pour ladite performance musicale. Très vite, les deux se lancent dans une romance passionnée, et Wiktor fait de Zula une star. Or, la crise frappe quand Wiktor et Zula acceptent de donner une performance à Berlin-Est, leur offrant l’occasion parfaite de s’enfuir vers l’ouest.

Online tickets are sold-out but some tickets are available for purchase at the CFI offices from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or at the EU Film Festival Guest Services table 30min before each screening.

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