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, FEST – New Directors New Films Portugal, Jean Loup Award – the best foreign film in Filmes do Homem,, Aegean Docs
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
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