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Still from the film "Afterwater" by Dane Komljen. A close-up of the hands and torsos of two standing bodies.
© Flaneur Films
  • Director

    Dane Komljen

  • Germany, Spain, Republic of Korea, Serbia / 2022
    93 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    English, Spanish, Serbian

Early in AFTERWATER, the second feature by artist and filmmaker Dane Komljen, one of the two students at the core of its story hears one of her peers describe lakes as “variable ecological worlds”. Informed by this spirit of speculation and infinite possibility, Komljen’s film sets out to explore and even create its own such worlds, imagining a film as fluid as water whose fluidity of form and narrative influences time, space, language and gender in turn. Drawing inspiration from the scholar G.E. Hutchinson – whose studies of lakes established the discipline of limnology, and whose writings provides the source of the earlier observation – the film begins with its two leads travelling from Berlin to a lake outside the city. Eventually, despite its seemingly fixed boundaries, the body of water they set up camp beside somehow flows into another, populated by its own increasingly out of time figures. They will not be the only ones. Beguiling and chimerical, its atmosphere heightened by the dreamlike photography of DOP Jenny Lou Ziegel and Jakov Munižaba’s rich, enveloping sound design, AFTERWATER invites the audience to participate in a form of spectatorship closer to submergence. Let’s go swimming. (Jesse Cumming)

Dane Komljen, born in 1986 in the former Yugoslavia. He studied film direction as well as art. Following multiple short films that screened and won prizes at major international festivals, his feature film debut All the Cities of the North was released in 2016. Afterwater is his second feature-length work.

Producer Zsuzsanna Kiràly. Co-producers Montse Triola, Nataša Damnjanović, Vladimir Vidić. Production company Flaneur Films (Berlin, Germany). Co-production companies Andergraun Films (Barcelona, Spain), Dart Film (Belgrad, Serbia), Jeonju International Film Festival. Director Dane Komljen. Written by Dane Komljen. Cinematography Jenny Lou Ziegel. Editing Dane Komljen. Sound design Jakov Munižaba, Linus Nickl. Sound Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Jordi Ribas. Costumes Isabelle Lange. Co-production Jeonju International Film Festival. With Jonasz Hapka, Ton Gras, Rose-Anabel Beermann, Signe Westberg, Boban Kaluđer, Gorka Martin, Clàudia Robert, Alice Heyward, Orlando Rodriguez.

Films: 2010: I Already Am Everything I Want to Have (35 min.). 2013: Tiny Bird (30 min.). 2014: A Surplus of Wind (25 min.). 2015: Our Body (15 min.). 2016: All Still Orbit (co-directed by James Lattimer, 23 min.), All the Cities of the North (100 min.). 2017: Phantasiesätze (17 min.). 2022: Afterwater.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director's Statement

  • Still from the film "Afterwater" by Dane Komljen. A couple lays down in front of a lake.


    In “this must be underwater love” Jorge Jácome discovers a submerged text about Dane Komljen’s AFTERWATER.

  • Still from the film "Afterwater" by Dane Komljen. We see a man in a field with grass up to his waist.

    Director's Statement

    Director Dane Komljen on his attempt to produce a film as fluid as water.

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