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

Pawel Pawlikowski (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.


LISZTOMANIA
1975, Warner Bros., 103 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell

Director Ken Russell is at his outrageous, surreal best in this biopic of Franz Liszt (played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), an aural, visual and sexual feast for all the senses. Thrill to the progressive-rock score by Rick Wakeman (of Yes), which somehow incorporates rock, Liszt and Wagner in all their majesty. Pop-culture references abound as Russell equates Liszt with the music superstars of the day - and don’t miss the giant penises!


IMAGINE
1972, Eagle Rock Entertainment, 68 min, USA, Dir: Steve Gebhardt, John Lennon, Yoko Ono

A window into the lives of two of the world’s most beloved artists, IMAGINE depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s artistic processes as they compose the classic albums “Imagine” and “Fly” at their home in 1971. With a killer soundtrack and rare studio footage, this made-for-television gem is rarely screened in theaters, and its impressive surround sound offers a chance for Lennon and Ono fans to hear the music in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Don’t just imagine this unique celebration of love, dreams and music - see it on the big screen!


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