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 1983 in Sweden, Gothenburg. He is living and working in Poland. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź in 2013, where he now teaches directing. Magnus made a successful entrance with his short films: Echo (2010) premiered at Sundance FF and Without Snow (2011) premiered at Locarno FF.

His debut feature The Here After was premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight 2015 – Cannes FF and won two Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Film & Best Director and traveled along the festivals such as Toronto, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian and was sold to more than 10 territories. With Sweat, his second feature length fiction he took part in Torino Film Lab.

2020 Sweat, feature
2015 The Here After, feature
2011 Without Snow, short
2008 Echo, short
2006 Radek, documentary