After a successful premiere in the US earlier this month, Aftermath will launch in Russia, starting on 5 December 2013, distributed by company Arena. The drama premiered in Slovakia on 14 November 2013, distributed by Association of Slovak Film Clubs.
Aftermath opened in the US on 1 November 2013 and is being distributed by American independent distribution company Memensha Films.
The film is about one of the most painful episodes in Polish history and received high critical praise from US publications such as the Hollywood Reporter, the NY Times and the Huffington Post.
"It is not only one of the best movies of the year, but also one of the most significant ones. Aftermath deserves to have a very broad audience reach. It is an unusually engaging and emotionally involving drama full of surprising plot twists." wrote the film critic, William Wolf.
Aftermath is a story of two brothers who discover that a Jewish pogrom took place in their village during WWII. Not only do the two men have to face the dark secret of their community's past, but also must decide if keeping the family and national pride is worth sacrificing the truth about a terrible tragedy.
The leading roles are played by Maciej Stuhr and Ireneusz Czop. Aftermath is a Polish/ Dutch/Russian/Slovak film produced by Apple Film Production in coproduction with Topkapi Films, Metra Films, Attack Film, Trigon Production, Telewizja Polska and Canal+ Polska.
The title was shot in June and August of 2011, after almost seven years of development. The film received financing from the Polish Film Institute, The Netherlands Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Russian Film Fund and was supported by Eurimages.
The title was awarded with Yad Vashem Chairmen's Award, prestigious Jan Karski Eagle Award 2013, for the first time in the history of the Award presented to the film and its authors "for the courage to say NO to anti-Semitism”. It was awarded also with the Journalist Prize at the 2012 Gdynia Film Festival, received 7 nominations for the Polish Eagles (including for Best Film). The Polish Film Academy awarded the film for the Best Male Performance by Maciej Stuhr and Best Set Design from Alan Starski. The title opened in Poland in September 2012, distributed by Monolith Films and it was seen by over 320 000 viewers.