Aftersun

  • 98'
  • United States
  • 2022

Preteen Sophie and her thirty-year-old father Calum go on vacation at a seaside resort in Turkey. They go scuba diving, play pool, soak up the sun and laze around. In intimate closeups, we see Calum and Sophie applying cream on each other’s bodies, practising self-defence techniques or filming one another with a camcorder. Days go by, and soon Sophie has to return home to her mother in Scotland.

Charlotte Wells’ autobiographical first feature Aftersun is a tender, deeply felt portrait of this fleeting period, framed through Sophie’s fragmented recollections as an adult. The genuine warmth between father and daughter is punctuated by small frictions that erupt like drops of ink in water, lending their relationship a trace of melancholy.

Set in a non-place of international tourism devoid of local presence and unmoored from history, Wells’ extremely tactile film concretises inchoate memories in specific details of gestures, textures and moods. The sentient, roving camera fixates on the spaces between father and daughter. A zone shot through with affection and anxiety, such that we only get a partial view of Calum, a distant but tangible presence, as incarnated by Paul Mescal (known for Normal People and The Lost Daughter, 2021). With its unhurried dramatic progression and attention to sensuous surfaces, Aftersun captures the atmosphere of languid summer afternoons spent away from home in the company of a loved one.

 

– Srikanth Srinivasan

 

The screening on 2 February will be preceded by a video essay by Inge Coolsaet, as part of the Critics' Choice programme.

  • 98'
  • United States
  • 2022
Director
Charlotte Wells
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
United States, United Kingdom
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Adele Romanski, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson
Production Companies
PASTEL, Unified Theory
Sales
Charades
Screenplay
Charlotte Wells
Cinematography
Gregory Oke
Editor
Blair McClendon
Production Design
Billur Turan
Sound Design
Jovan Ajder
Music
Oliver Coates
Cast
Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
Local Distributor
September Film

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Pathé 1
    NL subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    NL subtitles
  • In Person
    Thursday 02 February 2023
    Pathé 1
    NL subtitles
  • In Person
    Saturday 04 February 2023
    LantarenVenster 1
    NL subtitles
Director
Charlotte Wells
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
United States, United Kingdom
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Adele Romanski, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson
Production Companies
PASTEL, Unified Theory
Sales
Charades
Screenplay
Charlotte Wells
Cinematography
Gregory Oke
Editor
Blair McClendon
Production Design
Billur Turan
Sound Design
Jovan Ajder
Music
Oliver Coates
Cast
Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
Local Distributor
September Film