Aftermath / Pokłosie (Poland/Netherlands/Russia/Slovakia , 2012)

directed by Władysław Pasikowski, thriller, 104 min, eng subtitles
written by Władysław Pasikowski
with Ireneusz Czop, Maciej Stuhr, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz

Franek and Józek Kalina are brothers, both born at the end of the 1950s. When Franek emigrates to the United States, their contact is cut. In 2005, Józek's wife shows up in the States with her kids. She doesn't want to tell Franek what made her leave her husband. Franek decides to go back to his home village and learn more about his brother's situation. Within a matter of days, Franek realises that Józek is disliked in the village and dark secrets from the past start to emerge.

Pasikowski's new film refers to the Jedwabne pogrom (1941) during German occupation of Poland - a massacre of at least 340 Polish Jews. Dealing with uncomfortable past and national taboo, Aftermath has provoked strong reactions and controversies on its release in Poland.
Winning a special award by Yad Vashem Institute at Jerusalem Film Festival, Aftermath was characterized as "...a gripping journey into the heart of the Holocaust's darkness, a film that manages both to reckon with the most painful of historical events and to bring them eerily to life in the present tense."

Awards:
Eagle - Polish Film Awards 2013 (Best Actor, Best Production Design)

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