Kurzfilmtournee 2019

IMPREZA - Das Fest

Germany 2017 • Documentary • Polish with German/English ST• 75 min.
Special Award of the German Short Film Award
Director, Script: Alexandra Wesolowski
DOP: Denis D. Lüthi
Editor: Martha Ewa Wojakowska, Alexandra Wesolowski
Music: René Dohmen (Dürbeck & Dohmen)
Production: Dreifilm with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München

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.

Jury statement:
The golden wedding of her aunt leads Alexandra from Germany back to Warsaw into the house of her upper middle-class family. Politics are discussed here at every opportunity. But although everyone speaks the same language, it quickly becomes clear that Alexandra is not understood with her liberal point of view, just as she cannot understand the views of her family rooted in tradition and religion. Whether nationalism, women's rights or the refugee crisis, family conversations are marked by strong opinions and seem symptomatic of the current fragmentation of society in Europe. Through its internal perspective, however, the film by Alexandra Wesolowski provides an important and rare glimpse of the reasons for the Poles' critical view of Europe and yet remains fair in all discussions. Because not talking to each other is not a solution either.

Alexandra Wesolowski

Alexandra Wesolowski was born in Poland and grew up in Germany. She studied political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen and since 2008 directing at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich. She is a former scholarship holder of the Kirch Foundation for Media Art and works in Munich as a director and conceptual designer.