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Impreza – The Celebration

Dir. by Alexandra Wesolowski, Germany, 2017, 75 min.

World premiere: Zurich IFF, International premiere: IDFA 2017, German premiere: Berlin IFF – German Perspective Cinema, Bavarian premiere: DOK.fest Munchen, One World Film Festival Prague, One World Romania, CinéDOC Tbilisi, 

 

Territories: World except of Poland; Exclusive subjects: Festivals & special screenings

In August 2016, a right-wing government has been running Poland for almost a year. In the same year, with Danuta‘s 50th wedding anniversary fast approaching, the whole family is preparing for the celebration. Her grandchildren are used to her unorthodox ideas and are willing to help with everything. This year‘s program is supposed to be a  fashion show with Danuta‘s favourite pieces.

Even Ola, the couple’s niece, has come all the way from Germany. But when she arrives in Warsaw, she finds herself embroiled in discussions about contentious issues such as the European Union, abortion, migration and propaganda. Soon Ola gets to understand how the gap between her’s and her family’s worldview could grow that big.

In the days leading up to the party, the camera roams unnoticed from one family discussion to another. 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?

 

Category: Personal portrait, POV, Current Issues, Intimate Portrait, Family

One of the best film in Berlinale 2018 according to Film Critics of Spiegel!

A beautiful lesson in elegance!” – Cineuropa, Giorgia Del Don

 

DIRECTOR

 

Alexandra Wesolowski, 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