The Here After (Efterskalv)

Magnus von Horn

Sweden, Poland, France , 2015 / 102 min / Swedish OV with English subtitles / Drama

In the presence of the actor Ulrik Munther.

When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to start 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.

Spare, controlled direction, a rewarding emotional payoff and a powerful performance by young lead Ulrik Munther. (

Mon 29/02 21:00 Cinémathèque Swedish OV with English subtitles Public
Tue 01/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia Swedish OV with English subtitles Public
Sun 06/03 17:00 Cinémathèque Swedish OV with English subtitles Public

"Controlled direction, a rewarding emotional payoff and a powerful performance" Jonathan Romney,, 21/05/2015

“Like its protagonist, the disquieting debut slips into a state of sulfurous rage from which it never relaxes, John's doomed quest for absolution transpiring in highly observant, locked-off long takes whose unnerving quietude boils over into unpredictable spasms of violence. Initially, the inexorable formal discipline plays like a clinical hand-me-down from Michael Haneke, yet the forensic detailing of character builds a far more compassionate picture.” Timothy E. Raw,, 01/10/2015

"Von Horn’s delivery is precise and thoughtful, showing clear promise for future projects." Stephen Dalton,, 21/05/2015

“Delicately balancing conflicting feelings of empathy and fear, rage and forgiveness, with “The Here After” von Horn has crafted a disquieting and memorable debut.” Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival

  • Best Director – European Film Festival Palić, 2015 (Serbia)
Cast & Credits
Ulrik Munther, Mats Blomgren, Loa Ek, Wieslaw Komasa, Alexander Nordgren
Magnus von Horn
Łukasz Żal
Michal Robaczewski, Jean-Guy Véran
Jagna Dobesz, Henrik Ryhlande
Zentropa International Sweden AB, Lava Films
Cinema Defacto
New Europe Film Sales, Imagine Film Distribution

Magnus von Horn was born in 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden. He completed the MA programme of film directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. During his studies he made several successful short films. With his film “Echo” he was in the official short film competition of Sundance 2010 and with “Without Snow” he opened the Pardi di Domani section at Locarno Film Festival 2011. “The Here After” is his first feature film.

  • 2015 The Here After
  • 2011 Without Snow (short)
  • 2009 Echo (short)
  • 2007 Radek (short)