Hailing from a docu background, Pawel Pawlikowski‘s sixth feature film in a little more than two decades sees the filmmaker reunite with Joanna Kulig (our Nicholas Bell mentions in his review that she “channels either Romy Schneider or Jessica Chastain“) and thus becomes his first entry in the Comp after previously having gone to Venice (2000’s Last Resort), TIFF (2004’s My Summer of Love and 2011’s The Woman in the Fifth) and Telluride with Oscar winner Ida (2013). Cold War takes place across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, and is set in the 1950s — a time when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe. Amazon Studios bought this way back in August of 2017.
Cold War received it’s first screening last night, and critics finally got to indulge in this bonafide first Palme d’Or at the 8:30 a.m. screening at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. 18 out of our 20 critics have given the film an average rating of north of three stars sitting at 3.8 on our grid which equals last year’s top film was BPM with a 3.8.
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