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15 October 2004 (Poland) See more »
A wealthy small-town wiseguy organizes the wedding party for his daughter. As the party begins, unexpected events start to occur and disturb the party for the hosts and guests alike. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marian Dziedziel ... Wieslaw Wojnar

Tamara Arciuch ... Bride Kaska Wojnarówna

Iwona Bielska ... Eluska Wojnarowa

Maciej Stuhr ... Camera Operator Mateusz

Bartlomiej Topa ... Groom Janusz

Pawel Wilczak ... Man Providing the Car

Arkadiusz Jakubik ... Notary Jan Janocha
Jerzy Rogalski ... Uncle Mundek

Elzbieta Jarosik ... Landlady

Lech Dyblik ... Uncle Edek Was

Tomasz Sapryk ... Sergeant Stys

Tymon Tymanski ... Wedding Band Manager Tymon
Andrzej Beja-Zaborski ... Priest Adam
Iwona Wszolkówna ... Bridesmaid Januszewska
Wojciech Skibinski ... Grandfather Wincenty Mróz
Pawel Gedlek ... Best Man Ciapara

Andrzej Mastalerz ... Policeman Trybus

Robert Wabich ... Godfather
Jaroslaw Gruda ... Uncle Rysiek
Agnieszka Matysiak ... Aunt Hela
Agata Piotrowska ... Bridesmaid (as Agata Piotrowska-Mastalerz)

Krystyna Rutkowska ... Lisowska (as Krystyna Rutkowska-Ulewicz)

Malgorzata Scislowicz ... Bridesmaid
Zbigniew Paterak ... Stasiuk
Witold Wielinski ... Gruby
Jacek Lachowicz ... Musician at the Wedding party
Jacek Majewski ... Percussionist
Kornel Poplawski ... Double Bass Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michal Chilicki ... Wedding Participant (uncredited)

Directed by
Wojciech Smarzowski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wojciech Smarzowski 

Produced by
Anna Iwaszkiewicz .... producer
Dariusz Pietrykowski .... producer
Bartlomiej Topa .... producer
Original Music by
Tymon Tymanski 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Szulkowski 
Film Editing by
Pawel Laskowski 
Production Design by
Barbara Ostapowicz 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Ostapowicz 
Costume Design by
Magdalena Maciejewska 
Makeup Department
Jadwiga Cichocka .... characterization
Ewa Drobiec .... characterization
Janusz Kaleja .... characterization
Production Management
Andrzej Besztak .... second production manager
Ewa Jastrzebska .... production manager
Jakub Kedzierski .... second production manager
Urszula Urbaniak .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Ciesla .... assistant director
Waldemar Prokopowicz .... second director
Magdalena Szwarcbart .... second director (as Magda Szwarcbart)
Art Department
Adam Kocemba .... props
Dariusz Lipinski .... props
Sound Department
Jacek Hamela .... sound
Kazimierz Jastrzebski .... sound technician
Jerzy Murawski .... sound technician
Radoslaw Sklodowski .... assistant re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Janusz Bykowski .... pyrotechnic effects
Witold Gajzler .... pyrotechnic effects
Robert Brzezinski .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Marek Baprawski .... lighting technician
Tomasz Baprawski .... lighting technician
Cezary Busilo .... assistant camera
Marcin Figurski .... camera operator
Andrzej Glacel .... Steadicam operator
Tomasz Gradowski .... lighting master
Marcin Hordyjewicz .... lighting technician
Zbigniew Jakubowski .... assistant camera
Tomasz Kitrasiewicz .... lighting technician
Maciej Kowalski .... Steadicam assistant
Gerard Krawczyk .... additional camera operator
Remigiusz Kubiak .... grip
Bogdan Mikolajczuk .... additional camera operator
Krzysztof Wellman .... still photographer
Antoni Zakrzewski .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wanda Kowalska .... costume assistant
Marzena Wardzyk .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Anna Czepukajtis-Potega .... assistant editor
Lukasz Urbanski .... PFClean Artist: Alvernia Studios
Transportation Department
Henryk Wingert .... aggregate driver
Other crew
Urszula Baraniak .... cashier
Barbara Cieslak .... group secretary (as Barbara Nietresta)
Marek Cydorowicz .... location secretary
Malgorzata Dedek .... administrator
Dominika Dylewska .... characterization assistant
Wlodzimierz Filipek .... caterer
Anna Góral .... group secretary
Magdalena Hubka .... second production designer
Krzysztof Kubiak .... camp security

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wesele" - Poland (original title)
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109 min | Argentina:109 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

This movie's title is exactly the same as the famous Andrzej Wajda's film Wesele (1973), which is an adaptation of a play by Stanislaw Wyspianski, set at the beginning of the 20th century. Although Smarzowski's film is based on his original screenplay, it's nevertheless a sharp critical look at Polish society with its numerous defects and flaws, just like the play and the older movie were.See more »


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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Satire on traditional Polish wedding reception: funny story with vivid characters., 7 November 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

Wojciech Smarzowski, one of the most talented young Polish directors, made this film to show not only a stereotypical Polish wedding reception (the word "wesele" in the title means wedding reception), but to bring into view some vivid characters, their values, and the Polish reality that has seriously changed since 1989.

Wieslaw Wojnar, a rich landsman, prepares a wealthy wedding for his daughter, Kasia. He wants to show off in the village: orchestra, good food, and, most importantly, two wonderful gifts for the young couple: a car and honeymoon in Croatia. What more should they want: "there is money so there is everything!" He is deadly selfish and materialistic. But in the eyes of people: a man of honor! However, as the wedding goes on, things start to turn against him and his huge sum of money safely hidden starts to disappear...

The director shows two kinds of people: the majority whose only master is money, and a small group of very few people who are aware that life and happiness mean something more than the search for riches. This is the Granpa, who symbolically says "I'll never sell my land" but "land" means, in fact, all values he lived like patriotism or love. The bride is similar: she does not only live to be rich but also knows what love should be like. Her tragedy, however, is that her new husband thinks precisely the opposite. He gets married in order to get a car from his father in law and show off among his friends. Fortunately, Kasia lives with him only one day...

This group of people, like Kasia's husband, whose only happiness is to be rich are presented in very amusing contexts. Mundek, the lawyer, and many, many others. They are the gist of the comedy, really funny! But I won't say more because you should see the film for yourself.

WESELE is a wonderful movie but it has to be interpreted in the right way. For those who do not know the Polish reality whatsoever, it might sometimes seem confusing. But just for the sake of fun, do see it. You will laugh most of the time, I promise. Even the horrific end for the old Wojnar is funny.

One advice: don't laugh at Poles drinking so much. As a matter of fact, every nation does have its shortcomings...

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