COLD WAR
ZIMNA WOJNA
2018, Amazon Studios, 88 min, Poland/France/UK, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel Pawlikowski (2015 Oscar winner IDA) earned the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for this passionate romance between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland, broadly inspired by the filmmaker’s parents. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is an even-tempered musician grounded in the urban intelligentsia and Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a charismatic young singer with a mysterious past and a seemingly limitless future - a pair who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Shot in black-and-white and 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.


CARMEN Y LOLA
2018, Latido, 103 min, Spain, Dir: Arantxa Echevarria

Making her feature film debut, writer-director Arantxa Echevarria creates an impassioned love story both universal and sharply specific, following the blossoming romance of two young gypsy girls. Carmen (Rosy Rodriguez) and Lola (Zaira Morales) find freedom in each other’s company as they experience a true sense of identity for the first time. But as their relationship grows deeper, they face fallout from Madrid’s traditional Roma community. Featuring a vibrant cast of first-time actors, CARMEN Y LOLA premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) and marks the start of a promising filmmaking career.


BORDER
GRÄNS
2018, 101 min, Sweden/Denmark, Dir: Ali Abbasi

Co-written by LET THE RIGHT ONE IN scribes John Ajvide Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf, this incredible film was selected to play in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes and is sure to explode out of the fall festival circuit. When a border guard (Eva Melander) with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. “An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.” - Alissa Simon, Variety


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