The Here After with Photography by Łukasz Żal Will Be Presented at Cannes
The Polish-Swedish drama The Here After (Intruz) directed by Magnus von Horn will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival when it is shown at the prestigious Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, or Directors’ Fortnight.
The hero of The Here After is John (Munther), who has decided to have a new start after being released from a juvenile delinquent centre. However, when he returns to his community, they have neither forgiven nor forgotten his crime. His presence brings out the worst in those around him, and he now fears for his life. John finds himself abandoned by his loved ones. He begins to lose hope, which causes a build-up of the same aggression that led to his original crime. Instead of continuing to run away from his past, John decides he has to confront it.
The cinematographer of The Here After is Łukasz Żal, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film Ida. The film is a Polish-Swedish production: It was produced in Poland by Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films) along with Madeleine Ekman (Zentropa International Sweden). Włodarski will also be presenting the Producers on the Move workshop during the festival, which is designed for young European producers. In addition, the project was financed by The Polish Film Institute. The Here After will be released in theaters in Fall 2015 by the Polish distributor Gutek Film.
The director, Magnus von Horn was born in Gothenborg, and studied at the Łódź Film School. He is the director of several internationally award-winning short films, including the Maciej Szumowski Prize for Radek at the Krakow Film Festival. von Horn has also seen great success for Echo, which won awards including the Silver Hobby-Horse at the Krakow Film Festival, the Best Film award at the International Festival for Film Schools in Munich, and the Grand Prix at the Festival Tous Courts in Aix-en-Provence. His film Without Snow premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011. It has won the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival in Bilbao, the Silver Hobby-Horse at the Krakow Film Festival, and the Grand Prix in the Young Cinema Competition at the Gdynia Film Festival. He is also the co-writer of Promise by Anna Kazejak.
Two screenings of The Here After will take place in Cannes on Thursday May 21. It will be presented at the prestigious Quinzaine des Realisateurs (Directors' Fortnight), which has included Martin Scorsese, Michael Haneke, and the Dardenne brothers. The Here After is one of several films to appear at Quinzaine des Realisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) in the past few years. In 2008 it was Four Nights with Anna by Jerzy Skolimowski, in 2011 Code Blue by Urszula Antoniak, in 2012 Portrait of a Memory by Marcin Bortkiewicz, in 2013 Congress by Ari Folman with photography by Michał Englert, and in 2014 Under Protection by Diego Lerman with photography by Wojciech Staron. The short films included Fragments by Agnieszka Woszczyński.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13th until May 24th.
Source: PAP, info: own. ed: ASJ