11/17/2021 05:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

United Kingdom 2020 89 min English, French, Urdu, Arabic original version with English subtitles
Local premiere

Script: Aleem Khan, DoP: Alexander Dynan, Editor: Gareth C. Scales, Music: Chris Roe, Production: The Bureau, Producer: Matthieu de Braconier, Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss, Nasser Memarzia

AFTER LOVE tells the story of Mary Hussain (Joanna Scanlan), who converted to Islam when she married and now is in her early 60s, living quietly in Dover with her husband Ahmed. Following his unexpected death, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just 21 miles away, across the Channel in Calais. The shocking discovery compels her to go there to find out more, and as she grapples with her shattered sense of identity, her search for understanding has surprising consequences. The acting performance of Joanna Scanlan is remarkable. She received the Best Actress Award at the Dublin International Film Festival 2021 for her portrayal of Mary.

Aleem Khan was born in the United Kingdom to English-Pakistani parents and grew up in Kent. He studied directing at the University of Westminster in London. His very first short film DIANA won an award at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2009. In 2015, he received the Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow disctinction, and in 2017 he became a member of the Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Lab. He works as a director and writer.

Filmography (selection): 2009 DIANA, 2011 THE WAYFARING STRANGER, 2014 THREE BROTHERS (all short films), 2020 AFTER LOVE

Awards (selection): Best Actress Award (Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece 2020), Award for Best Original Score (Les Arcs European Film Festival, France 2020)


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