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Beijing-based distributor Road Pictures has picked up Chinese rights to Cold War, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated period drama.
Road Pictures previously acquired two of this year’s other foreign-language film Oscar nominees: Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters and Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Road Pictures CEO Can Gongming says the company is planning nationwide Chinese theatrical releases for both Cold War and Capernaum in the first half of the year.
Road Pictures in August partnered with Chinese studio Huayi Brothers on the Middle Kingdom release of Shoplifters. The pic earned an impressive $14.1 million there, considerably more than its $2.9 million total in North America. The Japanese film’s success was considered a new high-water mark for international art house cinema in China.
Road Pictures acquired Cold War from French film banner MK2, which co-produced the title.
Set in the 1950s, Cold War tells the tragic story of a music director who falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France. Shot in black-and-white, the film has been praised by critics worldwide.
The Hollywood Reporter critic Leslie Felperin summed up Cold War as a “thrilling exploration of romantic disappointment with a killer soundtrack.”
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