Awards for the best director and script of the 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival went to Wojciech Smarzowski for “The Wedding”. The festival was held on November 12-28.
The jury’s verdict, chaired by film producer Mike Downey, was posted on the festival’s website. Wojciech Smarzowski was on the list of laureates, appreciated for the best directing for “The Wedding”, that is – as stated in the explanatory memorandum – “a rich, provocative and brutally expressive portrait of Polish society and history”. Smarzowski also received an award for the script of “The Wedding”. It was awarded for “uncompromising narrative and strong evocation, an aesthetically complete, unified work of art.”
“Wesele” by Wojciech Smarzowski – what is the film about?
“Wesele” from 2021 is – as we read in the description provided by the distributor – “a story of a love so strong that it crosses borders, does not fit within the framework and is stronger than all barriers. It is a sincere view of the modern world, as well as a dramatic journey into a past that will not be indifferent to anyone. ” The director himself described the film as “a story about manipulating emotions and a warning against hate speech”. At the wedding, we meet a bride in advanced pregnancy (Michalina Łabacz), who watches with concern the antics of her newly married husband (Przemysław Przestrzelski).
The role of the bride’s parents is played by Agata Kulesza and Robert Więckiewicz. The father is a local businessman whose life interests hang in the balance, which distracts him from his daughter’s wedding. And it is not only about big money, but also about the happiness of loved ones.
The film, which premiered in October, also featured, among others Andrzej Chyra, Marian Dziędziel, Maria Sobocińska and Tomasz Schuchardt. Piotr Sobociński Jr. is responsible for the photos, and Mikołaj Trzaska for the music. The distributor of the image is Kino Świat.
Tallinn International Film Festival
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Northern Europe, hosting over a thousand industry delegates and 160 journalists each year. During the event, nearly 250 feature films as well as over 300 short films and animations are presented. Every year, the event is visited by approx. 80 thousand. people. This year’s 25th edition of the festival was held on November 12-28.
Main photo source: Marcin Obara / PAP