The Wedding

Jul 10, 2014

(Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1972, DCP, 102 min)

Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival

Academy Award-winning director Andrzej Wajda takes us to a wedding party, where people talk, drink and dance and flirt; young and old, rich and poor alike. 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 counselor. Unexpectedly, something uncanny begins to permeate the joyful celebrations, as some of the guests begin to see mysterious ghosts. 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.

  • Part of our series Martin Scorcese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema! Get a series pass and see all of the series films at a discount: $70 ($40 for Film Forum Members) >

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