Film Info

Country Poland, Holland, Russia, Slovakia
Language Polish
Year of Release 2013
Running Time 110 minutes


Director / Writer Władysław Pasikowski
Director of Photography Paweł Edelman
Music Jan Duszyński
Producer Dariusz Jabłoński
Producer Violetta Kamińska
Producer Izabela Wójcik


Józek Maciej Stuhr
Franek Ireneusz Czop



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.

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Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick
One of the Best Films of the Year!
★★★★ "Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller."

- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A tense and gripping thriller inspired by actual events, Aftermath caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country's history.

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The Jewish Advocate

"Amazing. A moving, thoughtful and artistically honest work. Bravely tackles Polish anti-Semitism. This penetrating epic has clearly broken new ground, offering a vividly heartening, strikingly aware and honest account by a courageous Polish director."

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The Huffington Post

Review by Abe Foxman
National Director, Anti-Defamation League

"Riveting. A must-see film. In a sophisticated way, it does a better job of communicating the power and destructiveness of anti-Semitism than almost any other film."

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Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan's Critic's Pick
One of the Best Films of the Year!

"Gripping. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.
An especially effective film noir. Excellent."

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Audience Award - Best Drama
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival 2014

Audience Award - Best Feature
Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2014

Yad Vashem Chairman's Award
Jerusalem Film Festival 2013

Polish Film Academy - Eagle Awards
Best Actor - Maciej Stuhr
Best Production Design - Allan Starski

Jan Karski Eagle Award

Winner - Critics Prize
Gdynia Film Festival 2012

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