Wojciech Smarzowski is certainly one of the most outstanding Polish film directors of today. Ever since the film ,,Wesele” / ‘The Wedding’, which is considered his proper cinema début, featuring a great performance of Marian Dziędziel, each of his successive films has stirred up a lot of emotions. Smarzowski has been charting his own path on the map of Polish cinema. His films induce a whole range of extreme emotions, from delight to criticism, anger and disbelief. It is said that you either love or hate the films made by Smarzowski.
17 years after the film ,,Wesele” / ‘The Wedding’, his cinema début, he has made a film under the working title ‘Wesele 2’ / ‘W 2’.
Based on the information found on the website of Studio Metrage, producer of the film, we can come to some conclusions, for example:
(….) It is a known fact that those who have read the script are either shocked or delighted. They all agree that we will deal with a masterpiece of fully-fledged cinema, which is both heart-breaking and intelligent. The story in the film is developing on two different planes, i.e. a contemporary one and a historic one, which provides an opportunity to take a deeper look into the protagonists, communities and also ourselves. The film is filled with incredible twists, an uneasy story, clear-cut characters and powerful means of expression. This is the Smarzowski that we know and love, but also the one we fear and admire for the courage and consistency. He has managed to both preserve all of his qualities and offer some new ones, too.
Furthermore, based on the fragmentary information provided by the media, we can learn the following: the story in the film takes place over the course of a single night, at a wedding hall and a slaughterhouse, and that the film will feature retrospective scenes from the Second World War. Some speculations appear here and there that Smarzowski has used the film to show the pogrom of the Jewish population that took place in Jedwabne, in 1941.
It was shot on locations in Poland and Latvia. When it comes to Poland, one of the most significant localisations was Ostromecko in Kujawsko-Pomorskie.
The première of the film is planned to take place in the autumn of 2021. Then, we will be able to verify just how much of the media reports have proven to be correct.
Information on the film
Wesele 2 (W2) – working title
Directed by: Wojciech Smarzowski
Cinematography: Piotr Sobociński Jr.
Music: Mikołaja Trzaska
Produced by: Studio Metrage
Cast: Michalina Łabacz, Agata Kulesza, Robert Więckiewicz, Mateusz Więcławek, Arkadiusz Jakubik and others.
Image owned by Studio Metrage