Cold War is a Polish film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski that stars Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot.
The plot follows the passionate and fateful romance of a couple from the ruins of post-war Poland through Cold War East Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.
Shaped by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate, the film follows the couple through the somber landscape of Eastern-block countries, out to the West and back to Communist Poland again.
Although fatalistic and depressing, the film is well-crafted and sheds interesting light on life in a Cold War Communist state.
Rather than oversimplify the suppression in a police state, the film shows how indirect coercion and individual ambivalence can exert powerful control.
Cold War received nominations at the 91st Academy Awards for: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. And at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards for: Best Direction and Best non-English language film.