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.
"Gripping. 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. The film won the Yad Vashem Chairman's Award at this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, and is now playing in U.S. theaters!
Special Q&A This Weekend in Beverly Hills!
This Sunday, December 8th, Rabbi Haim Beliak will participate in Q&A following the 4:20pm show of Aftermath at Laemmle's Music Hall 3!
Starts January 3rd in Chicago - Music Box Theatre
Screens January 4-6 in Tallahassee - Tallahassee Film Society
Coming Soon to Boston, Palm Desert and more!
Learn more about Aftermath and watch the film's trailer here.
Review by Kenneth Turan
"Gripping. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.
An especially effective film noir. Excellent."
“Aftermath is a timely, compelling, honest and profound film. It is a dramatic, deep and intense depiction of the complex relationship of ordinary Poles with the memory of the Holocaust. The work is daring and compelling, a must see for everyone interested in the Holocaust, in Poland past and present, and in historical memory.”Read more
“Everything you can ask of a movie and more. It is intelligent, thoughtful and involving. Deservedly invites comparison to “Schindler’s List.” Both are superb films.”Read more