Oscar-winning filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) was named Best Director at Cannes for his searing new drama about an impossible love affair in an impossible time. Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot star as Zula and Wiktor (based loosely on Pawlikowski’s own parents), who meet in the ruins of post-World War II Poland. She’s a singer, he’s a pianist-composer, and after he concocts a plan to escape to France, their passionate relationship zigzags across both sides of the Iron Curtain. Gorgeously filmed in luminous black-and-white, with grandly staged musical numbers ranging from “people’s folk choruses” to 1950s jazz, this Mill Valley Film Festival Tribute selection is a treasure for the ears as well as the eyes. In Polish and French with English subtitles. (Poland 2018) 89 min.
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