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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

The Wedding Day Wesele


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Screening Information

June 14, 7:30 pm
Leah Posluns Theatre
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries Poland, Latvia
Year 2021
Running Time 133 MIN
Language Polish
Subtitles English
Director Wojciech Smarzowski

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Long buried secrets resurface at the wedding of an affluent Polish family. Ryszard Wilk's daughter is getting married. Before the ceremony, two Israeli men arrive unannounced to deliver a Righteous Among Nations medal to Ryszard’s senile father, Antoni. Horrified by their intrusion, Ryszard wants to keep it secret, but their visit triggers Antoni’s memory about another wedding that occurred in 1941. The two weddings converge in his confused mind, unleashing family secrets from their closet. In an era where his government hinders public discussion of Polish crimes against Jews during the German Nazi occupation, Wojciech Smarzowski’s film is doubly provocative and brave.
Contains violence and disturbing images

“A masterful, provocative high-Wire act of genre and arthouse” - Screen Anarchy

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Wojciech Smarzowski
Co-presented With
Review "The Wedding Day exposes unpalatable events and themes in Poland’s history that some Poles would rather bury and forget. [Director] Smarzowski courageously resurrects them in a hard-hitting, warts-and-all film that respects the bitter truth." Sheldon Kirshner