Official Selection


Historical, Political Thriller, Sport
International Premiere

The Coldest Game

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The Coldest Game
Director: Łukasz Kośmicki
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:50
Language: English
Producer: Daniel Baur, Krzysztof Terej, Piotr Wozniak-Starak
Screenwriter: Lukasz Kosmicki, Marcel Sawicki
DoP: Pawel Edelman
Editor: Krzysztof Arszennik, Robert Gryka, Wolfgang Weigl
Music: Lukasz Targosz
Cast: Bill Pullman, Robert Więckiewicz, Lotte Verbeek, Aleksey Serebryakov
Production: Watchout Studio


The Coldest Game is an exciting and engaging Cold War thriller set in October 1962, at the peak of the Cuban Crisis, written and directed by Lukasz Kosmicki.

Set in Poland, the film stars Bill Pullman as Joshua Mansky, an alcoholic and former US chess champion and Princeton Professor who is recruited into the world of espionage by a seductive CIA agent (played by Lotte Verbeek). Suddenly thrust in to centre of conflict between the world's superpowers, Mansky must compete against Gavrylow, the Soviet champion (played by Evgenij Sydikhin) at the historic Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, against a backdrop of geopolitical high tension, while a secret mission for gathering intel from an informant, a Soviet officer with the codename Gift is underway.

As the military crisis escalates during the match, the game takes on symbolic significance. As the Americans are in danger of losing both games – the chess match and the more significant one for world domination – they must start playing dirty, too.

Dorota Lech


Łukasz Kośmicki (b. 1968) graduated a Lodz Film School a. For the script for the film "The Dark House", he received the Best Script Award at the Gdynia Film Festival. He is award-winning cinematographer who's works for the films "Poznan '56" and "Street Games" won him many awards.
Director's filmography: Ukryta gra (The Coldest Game, 2019)

Thu, November 28, 2019


Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

Screening code: 140101
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Q&A guests: Lotte Verbeek, Izabela Kiszka, Lukasz Kosmicki, Krzysztof Terej, Robert Więckiewicz
Screening duration: 02:20
Language: English

Fri, November 29, 2019


Athena Keskus, Tartu

Screening code: 151902
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:50
Language: English

Sat, November 30, 2019


Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 3, Tallinn

Screening code: 161104
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:50
Language: English








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