Poland-United Kingdom-France / 2018 / 88 minutes / Narrative Feature
Polish and French with English subtitles
Rated: R (United States)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Featuring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cedric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar
Winner, Best Film, European Film Awards
“One of the films of the year, and possibly of the last decade.” – Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, this visually stunning film tells the story of an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. Spanning decades and nations, this richly textured and quietly powerful film is a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.