The early 1960s. At the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. Secret Service abducts a brilliant mathematician, Joshua Mansky (Bill Pullman). A forgotten genius with an alcohol problem, he is to take part in a chess match against Soviet grandmaster Gavrylov at an international tournament in the Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science. However, the event turns out to be a mere cover for a spy game. When allies turn out to be enemies and no one can be trusted, Mansky has to make a decisive move that may save humankind from a nuclear apocalypse.

Directed by: Łukasz Kośmicki
Producers: Piotr Woźniak-Starak, Krzysztof Terej, Daniel Baur
Screenplay: Łukasz Kośmicki, Marcel Sawicki
Cinematography: Paweł Edelman PSC
Production Design: Allan Starski
Production Manager: Magdalena Malisz
Costume Design: Ewa Gronowska
Make-up: Ewa Drobiec, Agnieszka Hodowana
Sound: Michał Fojcik, Jarosław Bajdowski, Bartłomiej Bogacki
Film Editing: Robert Gryka, Wolfgang Weigl, Krzysztof Arszennik
Music: Łukasz Targosz
Produced by: Watchout Studio in association with K5 Film
Distribution in Poland: NEXT FILM
Co-producers: TVN S.A., NEXT FILM, Canal+, Big City Outdoor, The Story Lab, Poręczenia Kredytowe, Kosafilm, Galeria Olśnienia – GO Justyna Chodkowska

Cast: Bill Pullman, Robert Więckiewicz, Lotte Verbeek, James Bloor, Aleksey Serebryakov, Corey Johnson, Nicholas Farrell, Evgeniy Sidikhin

Awards
44th Gdynia Film Festival:
Best Film Editing, Jury’s Special Award
Polish Film Awards “Eagles” 2020:
Best Supporting Actor- Robert Więckiewcz

Critic's reviews

Anna Tatarska / VOGUE

Ola Salwa / Cineuropa

Spies? Check. A game of chess as a narrative device? Check. World peace at stake? Check. Alluring 1960s style? Check. Menacing atmosphere of the Cold War? Check. Famous cast? Check.

https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/382059/

Amber Jackson / UK Film Review

A fascinating spy thriller that oozes with espionage and mystery, The Coldest Game is a fresh take on Cold War politics.

https://www.ukfilmreview.co.uk/post/the-coldest-game-netflix-film-review 

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