Charlotte Wells, UK, USA 2022, 96’
Polish premiere
Armageddon Time

A personal story about a vacation by a father and his teenage daughter to Turkey. Wells builds a beautiful and at the same time shocking portrait of parenting using impressions and fleeting emotions. In a simple and authentic way, she talks about relationships, adolescence, but also about illness.

There’s always an undertow of melancholy even to the most idyllic of summer vacations. Every blissed-out day that passes is another closer to it ending, and the shadow of normal life resuming — with its work and school and domestic obligations, shelving the freer, looser personae we adopt away from home — hovers beside our pleasure like a glum weather forecast. That’s what makes them such a good subject for movies: They offer characters escape and adventure on a restlessly ticking clock. In “Aftersun,” for a depressive young dad at a Turkish resort with his pre-teen daughter, the pressure to maximize that time out of reality only draws the reality nearer; Charlotte Wells’ sensuous, sharply moving debut shows that no amount of pool time and fruity drinks and Macarena dance-alongs can keep either the past or future at bay.

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Warning for people with epilepsy. The film contains strobe lights.

Marcin Pieńkowski


  • Cannes IFF 2022 - French Touch Prize of the Critics' Week Jury
  • Deauville FF 2022 - Critics Award, Grand Special Prize
  • Sarajevo FF 2022 - Best Film
  • Munich FF 2022 - CineVision Award

Charlotte Wells

Charlotte Wells is a Scottish filmmaker based in New York. She wrote and directed three short films as a student in the MBA/MFA dual-degree program at NYU where she was supported by BAFTA New York and Los Angeles. Charlie has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film and was a Fellow at the 2020 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Aftersun is her first feature.


2015 Tuesday (short)

2017 Blue Christmas (short)

2017 Laps (short)

2022 Aftersun

Cast & Crew

director Charlotte Wells
screenplay Charlotte Wells
cinematography Gregory Oke
editing Blair McClendon
music Oliver Coates
cast Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
producer Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski
production AZ Celtic Films, BBC Film, PASTEL, Screen Scotland, Tango Entertainment (III), Unified Theory
Polish distributor M2
language English
coloration colour
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