Over the course of 15 turbulent years, a pair of star-crossed lovers are separated by political cross-winds as the Cold War erupts between them. From the halls of Soviet-dominated power to the smoky jazz clubs of Paris, this film aches with the romance of an earlier time. The lovers, based on the director’s own parents, are unforgettably enacted by the unforgettable pair Tomasz Kot, as an uncompromising pianist who finds himself in artistic exile, and Joanna Kulig (from the director’s IDA) as the intensely sensitive singer and theatrical star Zula, who becomes a pawn in a tragic game of power.
Paweł Pawlikowski (IDA) won the best director award at Cannes in May for this film, which has also been named Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board Of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and many others.
“A near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“Glorious. Made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of European New Wave cinema. Invokes memories of Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel, and Francois Truffaut at the start of their careers.”
– George McNab, The Independent (UK)
– Guy Lodge, Variety