The Here After (Efterskalv) at TIFF
The Swedish writer-director Magnus von Horn's feature film will show at Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 16 and 19. The Here After is von Horn's debut feature, a film that became a hit at this year's Cannes festival.
In the film's oblique but quietly menacing opening, gawky teenager John (played by Swedish pop star Ulrik Munther) is picked up from an undefined institution by his father (Mats Blomgren). Returning to his home in a rural farming community, John is welcomed by the locals with evident fear and hatred for the as-yet unspecified action that led to his institutionalization. As John silently endures daily torment from his high-school classmates — and his peers' parents orchestrate a campaign to remove him from the community — the sole bright spots in his life are his younger brother and a new girl at school, Malin (Loa Ek), who is drawn to him both through her curiosity about his dark past and her sympathy for his present vulnerability. The tension steadily ratchets up on John and his family, and he begins to break down under the pressure of his neighbours' loathing — and his own guilt and uncertainty.
Monday September 14, 6:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre
Wednesday September 16, 12:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Saturday September 19, 1:15 PM at Scotiabank Theatre
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