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December 21, 2013 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:30 am
Inspired by true events. Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.
Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim and also generated intense controversy. Polish nationals have accused the film of being anti-Polish propaganda, as well as a distortion of a sensitive piece of Polish history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.
LA Times – Critics Pick of the Week!
December 6-12, 2013
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Hoberman names “Aftermath” one of the
Best Foreign Films of the Year!
“A thriller meant to stun.”
Now playing in Los Angeles: Santa Monica – Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, Beverly Hills – Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Encino – Laemmle’s Town Center 5
Writer | Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Runtime: 107 mins.
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Country: Poland | Russia | Netherlands
Language: Polish w/English Subtitles
Distributor: Menemsha Films
Website and Trailer: http://www.menemshafilms.com/aftermath
Starring: Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Zbigniew Zamachowski
FESTIVALS: Gdynia Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Poland; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
AWARDS: Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award Jerusalem Film Festival; Polish Film Academy – Eagle Awards, Best Actor – Maciej Stuhr, Best Production Design – Allan Starski; Gdynia Film Festival, Poland, Winner – Critics Prize
Additional information: 760-770-0507
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