Cold War (Zimna wojna)

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Cold War (Zimna wojna)


Raffertys Theatre


02 February - 08 February 2019

Event Type

Cinema Screening

Winner of Best Director Prize at 2018 Cannes Film Festival

A critics and audience favourite at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and a major 2019 Oscar contender, Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to the Academy Award winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe.

In the ruins of post World War II Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the beautiful Sula (Joanna Kulig, in a luminous star-making turn), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula, whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity, struggle to find their moment in time…

Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Yugoslavia and inspired by the lives of the director’s own parents, Cold War meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black and white cinematography, and an extraordinary soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, Cold War is on the films of the year, 2018.

French and Polish with English subtitles

M – Mature themes, coarse language and sex

Dates & Times

General Public Screenings
Saturday 2 February 2019 at 7:30pm
Friday 8 February 2019 at 7pm


Cold War

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Ticket Options

Concession $9
30 Club $9

Concession $12
F/T Student $12
Transaction fees apply
Screen $1.65


88 minutes (No interval)

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