Directed by Magnus von Horn
Poland, Sweden, France | 2015 | 101 min | drama Swedish

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.

Cast & Crew

Director: Magnus von Horn
Screenplay: Magnus von Horn
Cinematography: Łukasz Żal
Editing: Agnieszka Glińska
Cast: Ulrik Munther, Mats Blomgren, Alexander Nordgren, Wiesław Komasa, Loa Ek, Ellen Jelinek, Oliver Heilmann, Felix Göransson
Producers: Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films), Madeleine Ekman (Zentropa International Sweden), Sophie Erbs (Cinema de Facto)

  • Magnus von Horn
    Magnus von Horn

FestivalS & Awards
Cannes Quinzaine
Gdynia Film Festival – Best Director, Best Script, Best Editing
Film Festival Oostende – Look Prize
Guldbagge Awards – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Supporting Actor
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Palić International Film Festival
New Horizons International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Reykjavik International Film Festival
Bogota International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Sao Paolo International Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Bratislava International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Beijing International Film Festival
Jerusalem International Film Festival

press quotes

Von Horn’s delivery is precise and thoughtful… echoes of Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”, only this time with a protagonist who is inescapably guilty.
The Hollywood Reporter

Rewarding emotional payoff and a powerful performance by young lead Ulrik Munther.

Calling card for fests on the lookout for new talent.

Magnus von Horn

Magnus von Horn was born in Göteborg and studied at the Łódz´ Film School. He lives in Warsaw. So far, he has directed a few short films, which have won him several awards around the world.

His documentary RADEK has won the Maciej Szumowski Award at the Kraków Film Festival, while his school short film ECHO received many awards, including the Silver Hobby Horse for the best live action short film, the best film award at the Munich International Short Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Aix-en-Provence Tous Courts Short Film Festival. Echo was also officially selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. His diploma short WITHOUT SNOW premiered at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival.

He has also received the Grand Prix at the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film and has been nominated for the Swedish Guldbagge Award for best short film. In Poland, he has received the Silver Hobby Horse at the Kraków Film Festival and the Grand Prix in the Young Cinema Competition at the Gdynia Film Festival. He is the co-screenwriter of Anna Kazejak-Dawid’s film The Word.

THE HERE AFTER is his debut feature film.

2015 The Here After, feature
2011 Without Snow, short
2008 Echo, short
2006 Radek, documentary