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Impreza – Das Fest

Impreza – The Celebration

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Summer, 2016. In Poland, the right-wing conservative party PIS has been in power for about a year. Matriarch Danuta is devising a programme for her golden wedding anniversary and has enlisted the aid of her entire family. Danuta’s grandchildren are used to going along with their grandmother’s caprices and have decided to accept their fate. This year, Danuta has a fashion show planned during which the girls are to model their grandmother’s favourite dresses down the decades. The grande dame plans to share personal stories and anecdotes about things she experienced whilst wearing each fashionable creation. A few days before the great event, her German niece Alexandra arrives in Warsaw to help with the preparations. But no sooner does Alexandra join them round the table than politics begin to dominate their every conversation – not just with Danuta but with all the other clan members, too. Alexandra soon realises that she is the only liberal in their midst and that the women in her family are not at all interested in such goals as emancipation, women’s rights or open borders. She makes it her quest to find out how the ideological rift between her and her family could have grown so wide.

by
Alexandra Wesolowski

Germany 2017

Polish

Documentary form
75 min · Colour · 2K DCP

Crew

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

Biography

Alexandra Wesolowski

Born in Katowice, Poland, she completed secondary school in Nuremberg, Germany and then studied political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen. Since 2008 she has been studying directing at the University for Television and Film Munich.

Filmography

2010 Fliehkraft; short documentary 2014 1st Class Asylum; documentary · Kinder der Oase; documentary 2015 Magda; short film 2017 Impreza – Das Fest (Impreza – The Celebration); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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