After his acclaimed Ida (2013), director Pawel Pawlikowski once again dives into the past of his native Poland. Cold War, like Ida filmed in beautiful black-and-white and an unusual screen format, is an equally subdued as poignant drama of an impossible love. The film, described as "a gem" by critics, won Cannes's Best Director, among others.
Poland, 1949: Wiktor is the director of a traditional folk music ensemble. One day, young Zula enters the audition room. Impressed by her musical talent and her charm, Wiktor is smitten by her and before long they become lovers. Their love is put to the test when the communist authorities start meddling in the successful ensemble's repertoire. The political situation of those years, the Cold War, drives a wedge between Zula and Wiktor. Still, Wiktor never forgets the woman of his life.