“Aftersun,” Charlotte Wells’ directorial feature debut, won the most awards of any nominated film at the 25th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), with seven wins out of 16 nominations.
Sophie, 11, travels to Turkey for the summer with her loving and idealistic father, Calum. She reminisces about the incident twenty years later, reflecting on their relationship and the parts of him she never got to know.
Earlier, the film won the French Touch Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Wells recently got a breakthrough director award at the Gotham Awards.
About the Film
Sophie, 11, treasures rare moments with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal), at a fading vacation resort. Calum strains under the weight of life outside of fatherhood as the world of adolescence creeps into view. In Charlotte Wells’ gorgeous and searingly emotional debut film, AFTERSUN, Sophie’s delicate recollections of their last vacation become a dramatic and heartbreaking depiction of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the guy she didn’t.
Directed Written by: Charlotte Wells
Starring: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, and Celia Rowlson-Hall
Cinematography: Gregory Oke
Music by: Oliver Coates
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 min
Release dates: 21 May 2022 (Cannes), 21 October 2022 (United States), 18 November 2022 (United Kingdom)
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