WATCH: The trailer for Cold War

Cold WarThe wonderfully alluring trailer is now available for award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski’s film, Cold War.

Cold War earned Pawlikowski the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, as well as 5 European Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress (Joanna Kulig).

According to a report by IndieWire, the film was inspired by the love story of the director’s own parents. Cold War doesn’t follow a straightforward timeline but instead makes jumps of various years as it attempts to show the two-decade-long romance. Pawlikowksi told IndieWire:

“That’s what I like more and more, not having things explained, not having a narrative reduced to cause and effect, where one thing leads to another…Reality is messy, actually the closer you look at it, the less sense it makes and imposing sense on it with some kind of logic, some kind of dramatic arc usually leads to very bad biopics. Surely life is too messy for it too make so much sense.”

He likewise talks about the techniques of baring each element of the story to its essence:

“I try to distill it into something that can be told filmically, that has a universal resonance that works on many levels…Not just the personal, psychological, but historical, political, musical, the more you can cram into these distilled pieces the better. That’s what I like in cinema, it’s what gives me a kick when I see it.”

Here is a synopsis of the film:

Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times.”

Check out the trailer below: