International premiere

The Wedding Day

Local title
Title in Russian
День свадьбы
Original title
Wojciech Smarzowski
Official Selection - Competition
familial relationships, war, betrayal, history, politics

Undoubtedly the most popular and controversial Polish director conquered national box-office records with 5 million tickets sold to 2018 'Kler' (awarded by 3 Polish Eagles). He already celebrated one 'Wedding' in 2004, when Smarzowski’s debut earned a Special Mention from the Youth Jury in Locarno. After 17 years and 6 other divisive films with harsh smash of Polish social realities Smarzowski closes the loop of time, turns to his roots, and invites for two different weddings. Today and in the Past.

In the very first co-production with Latvia, the relentless director makes us dance with love and hatred, but bitingly exposes the ugliness of manipulation and reminds us of unpleasant common historical crimes. In painfully poignant fast-paced drama an established Polish Master is never afraid to reveal uncomfortable truths and observe human sins, which need no translation.

Shady greedy authoritative trader Rysek has not enough time for all corrupted affairs and arranges important business meeting just before the wedding of his heavily pregnant daughter, who wants nothing else, but to run away from depressing homeland. Vodka and debauchery disco polo driven celebration is fearfully observed by elderly patriarch Antoni Wilk, who witnessed one turbulent wedding during WWII and experienced the first unexpected love.

Gradually, invisible boundaries of history and memories disperse with revelations of longly silenced and buried secrets, lies, betrayals, wishes. This time wedding’s hangover will be brutal. It would be impossible to jump on to another day just with hollywooden slogan “what happened somewhere, stays only there”.

Edvinas Pukšta

Wojciech Smarzowski
Wojciech Smarzowski
Agata Kulesza, Robert Więckiewicz, Michalina Łabacz, Mateusz Więcławek, Arkadiusz Jakubik
Janusz Bogaczyk, Wojciech Gostomczyk, Janusz Hetman
Piotr Sobociński Jr
Krzysztof Komander
Mikołaj Trzaska
Studio Metrage
German, Polish
Estonian, English
Wojciech Smarzowski

Wojciech Smarzowski (snd 1963) on teenekas Poola filmistsenarist ja -režissöör, kes õppis filmi Lódzi Riiklikus Filmikoolis ja Krakowi ülikoolis. Ta alustas karjääri videooperaatorina. Smarzowski on karjääri jooksul pälvinud neli korda parima Poola režissööri tiitli Poola Filmiakadeemia poolt (2004, 2009, 2011, 2017). Tema debüütlavastus „The Wedding“ teenis žürii eripreemia Karlovy Vary filmifestivalil, 2011. aastal valminud film „Rose“ aga grand prix’ ja publiku preemia Varssavi filmifestivalil; filmi näidati ka PÖFFil. „Pulmapäev“ on Smarzowski kaheksas film režissöörina.

Wesele (The Wedding, 2004), Dom zly (The Dark House, 2009), Roza (Rose, PÖFF 2011), Drogówka (Traffic Department, 2012), Pod mocnym aniolem (The Mighty Angel, 2014), Wolyn (Hatred, 2016), Kler (Glergy, 2018), Wesele (The Wedding Day, 2021)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn


8th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening130602 / Pulmapäev
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening130102 / Pulmapäev
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsZbigniew Chrzanowski - Producer, Wojciech Smarzowski - Director, Wojciech Gostomczyk - Producer, Janusz Hetman - Producer, Janusz Bogaczyk - Producer, Adam Gudell - Producer
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Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening142102 / Pulmapäev
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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7th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening150503 / Pulmapäev
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsWojciech Smarzowski - Director, Zbigniew Chrzanowski - Producer, Wojciech Gostomczyk - Producer, Janusz Hetman - Producer, Janusz Bogaczyk - Producer, Adam Gudell - Producer
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