COLD WAR – Review by Martha K. Baker

Cold War is blurbed as a romance, but the title refers as much to the plot as to the political and temporal setting of Pawel Pawlikovski‘s haunting film. It begins in 1949, two years after a communist government came to power in the Polish People’s Republic. Ethnomusicologists are roaming the land, auditioning for people’s choruses to celebrate Poland.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 28 to May 4: IDA

Opening May 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Ida. Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s drama is the fascinating, heartfelt story of a young Polish nun who must confront the unexpected truth about her heritage. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, the film is an engaging road movie that offers a new perspective on Poland’s post-World War II Communist era. Newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska steals the movie with a nuanced and affecting performance. This beautiful, unsettling film is must-see. Read on…

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