When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to starting his life afresh. However in the local community, his crime is neither forgotten nor forgiven. John's presence brings out the worst in everyone around him and a lynch-mob atmosphere slowly takes shape. Feeling abandoned by his former friends and the people he loves, John loses hope and the same aggressions that previously sent him to prison start building up again. Unable to leave the past behind, he decides to confront it.
- Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing - Polish FF
- Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Mats Blomgren) - Guldbagge Awards
- Ulrik Munther
- Loa Ek
- Mats Blomgren
- Wieslaw Komasa
- Magnus von Horn
- Lukasz Zal
- Agnieszka Glinska
- NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
A cold, controlled, minimalist drama.
Smacks of quality workmanship.
A tale of education that is meticulous, bristling with tension, suffocating and irredeemable.
I'm conscious of being a very emotionally blocked guy. I make films so that I can express myself through other things.
Magnus von Horn was born in 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden. He studied at the University of Göteborg and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (PWSFTViT) in Lodz. He has produced several short films including the documentary RADEK (2006) and the short-fiction MILK TEETH (2007). His film ECHO (2009) received numerous awards, including the Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the Best Short Fiction Film at the Krakow FF, the Best Film Award at Munich IFF of Film Schools and the Grand Prix at the Open Student FF in St. Petersburg, at the Student FF CineMAiubit in Bucharest and at the Festival Tous Courts - Rencontres Cinématographiques dAix-en-Provence. His film THE HERE AFTER (2015) premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF and won Best Film and Best Director at the Guldbagge Awards 2016. His latest film SWEAT (2020) was selected at Cannes 2020.