Jewish Film Festival
A gripping thriller that won the Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, AFTERMATH tells the story of two estranged brothers, Franek and Josef, who discover a terrible secret that forces them to revise their perception of their father, family, neighbors, and the history of their nation. The sons of a poor farmer, the brothers are from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when his brother’s wife arrives in America two decades later, without explanation, does Franek decide to return to his homeland. There he finds his brother has been ostracized from the community and receiving various threats, and soon they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. Inspired by actual events, this powerful and provocative film caused intense controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country’s history.
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Poland | The Netherlands | Russia | Slovakia, 2012, In Polish with English subtitles,107 min, Not Rated, Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski,
“A thriller that’s meant to stun.”
– J. Hoberman, THE NEW YORK TIMES
*****“With a cinematic language straight from crime films and thrillers, and brooding camerawork by Pawel Edelman (The Pianist), AFTERMATH is one of the bravest, most important films you’ll see this year.”
– UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
“Incendiary! May be the most controversial Polish film ever made.”
– THE ECONOMIST