The Wedding

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Academy Award® winning director Andrzej Wajda takes us to a wedding party. People talk, drink and dance and flirt. It is an unusual 19th-century wedding; the marriage of an intellectual from a big town with a simple country girl. Families and friends from both sides regard the alliance with skepticism and curiosity. The director uses this event as a pretext to expose a gallery of characters from various walks of life, including a priest, a poet, a farmhand, and wife of a counsellor. The young and the old, the rich and the poor — all gather at the party. Unexpectedly, something uncanny begins to permeate the joyful celebrations. Some of the guests see mysterious ghosts and hidden grudges, complexes, and yearnings step out of the hidden corners of their souls... A brilliant film adaptation of one of the most important Polish plays, set to lively country music.

Accolades

1973 San Sebastián International Film Festival – Silver Seashell – winner. 1973 “Summer of Films“ Film Festiwal, Łagów – Grand Prix “Golden Grape“ Award, Best Screenplay (Andrzej Kijowski), Best Pro- duction Design (Tadeusz Wybult, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Maciej Maria Putowski), Best Cinematogra- phy (Witold Sobociński). 1974 “Golden Camera“ – Award of Film magazine for the best Polish film.

Cast & Crew

Written by Andrzej Kijowski, based on the play by Stanisław Wyspiański. Cinematography by Witold Sobociński. Production design by Tadeusz Wybuld. Music by Stanisław Radwan. Editing by Halina Prugar. Production management: Barbara Pec-Ślesicka. Production: Zespół Filmowy X. © Studio Film- owe ZEBRA. Cast: Marek Walczewski (Host), Izabela Olszewska (Hostess), Ewa Ziętek (Bride), Daniel Olbrychski (Bridegroom), Emilia Krakowska (Marysia, the Bride‘s sister), Mieczysław Stoor (Wojtek), Kazimierz Opaliński (Father), Henryk Borowski (Old Man), Marek Perepeczko (Jasiek), Janusz Bukows- ki (Kasper).