Impreza – The Celebration
Dir. by Alexandra Weselowski, Germany, 2017, 75 min.
World premiere: Zurich IFF, International premiere: IDFA 2017, German premiere: Berlin IFF – German Perspective Cinema
Territories: World except of Poland; Exclusive subjects: Festivals & special screenings
With a 50th wedding anniversary fast approaching, the whole family is preparing for the celebration. Even Alexandra, the couple’s twentysomething niece, has come all the way back to Warsaw from her new home in Germany. But her visit isn’t the homecoming she hoped for, because she quickly senses that something fundamental has changed in her homeland — and in her very own family.
In Poland, the right-wing conservative party PIS has been in power for about a year and Alexandra discovers that almost everyone has become more conservative than ever. She finds herself embroiled in heated discussions about contentious issues such as the European Union, abortion, migration and propaganda. In the days leading up to the party, the camera roams unnoticed from one family discussion to another, revealing how Alexandra is becoming increasingly estranged from her loved ones. Meandering conversations about oatmeal, nail polish and homemade food easily switch to politics, gender issues and Islam. This intimate glimpse into the hot cauldron of family emotions also raises many questions about politics and the news. Is there such a thing as objective news or truth? How can you know if you’re consulting the right sources of information? And where does ideology have its roots?
Alexandra Weselowski, born in Katowice, Poland, completed her secondary school in Nurenberg, Germany, finished directing at University for Television and Film Munich. Her previous work are 1st Class Asylum, Kinder der Oase and short film Magda.
Written and directed by Alexandra Wesolowski
Director of Photography Denis D. Lüthi
Editing Martha Ewa Wojakowska
Music René Dohmen
Sound Design Nora Czamler, Rudolf Pototschnig
Sound Emilia Sniegoska
Executive Producer Julian Anselmino
Co-production Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, München