Distributor and streaming service Mubi has released the official UK trailer for Charlotte Wells’ highly anticipated Aftersun, which will release in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 18 November 2022.

The feature debut of Wells, starring BAFTA award-winning actor Paul Mescal (Normal People, The Lost Daughter) and 13-year-old Scottish actor Frankie Corio in her debut role, Aftersun received its World Premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the French Touch Jury Prize.

The debut from Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells, Aftersun juxtaposes a hopeful coming-of-age story with a poignant, intimate family portrait.

At a fading vacation resort in the late 1990s, 11-year-old Sophie (Frankie Corio) treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (BAFTA winner Paul Mescal, Normal People). As a world of adolescence creeps into view, beyond her eye Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood.

Twenty years later, Sophie’s tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t, in Charlotte Wells’ superb and searingly emotional debut film.

Aftersun is the winner of the French Touch Jury Prize at the Cannes 2022 Critics’ Week and the Grand Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival.

The film was written and directed by Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells, who made 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. Wells 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.

Produced by Pastel, Adele Romanski, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak and Unified Theory, Amy Jackson. Aftersun was financed by BBC Film, BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) and Screen Scotland, in association with Tango.

The film was developed with BBC Film. Executive Producers are Eva Yates for BBC Film, Lizzie Francke for BFI, Kieran Hannigan for Screen Scotland, Tim Headington and Lia Buman for Tango.

Mubi will release Aftersun in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 18th November.



Pippa Considine

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