Afterschool

by Antonio Campos

United States, 2008, 106', colour



Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialized as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video memorial assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers.

Reviews

 "Sophisticated, stylistic. (...) Has a rigorous beauty of its own."
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"AFTERSCHOOL marks out 24-year-old America's Antonio Campos as a film-maker to watch."
Howard Feinstein, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"He delivers a film that never second-guesses, that is a model of rigour and sophistication."
Mathilde Blottière, TÉLÉRAMA

 "The most unnerving, and certainly one of the most impressive films... AFTERSCHOOL is intelligent, rigorous, excruciating and endlessly fascinating."
Tom Huddleston, TIME OUT NEW YORK


 

 

"Campos shows an impressive virtuosity that never stifles his actors' presence or the complexity of what is at stake. Using a digital video recording of the fatal overdose of two students as a starting point, he weaves a vertiginous meditation on the contamination of reality by images, the interaction of different types of images, their cognitive repercussions, and the power of institutions."
Jean-Michel Frodon, CAHIERS DU CINÉMA

"One shot, when the parents of dead students record their thoughts on video, is one of the strongest pieces of staging I've seen this year. Afterschool marks Antonio Campos as definitely a director to watch."
David Bordwell, Film Theorist

AFTERSCHOOL is a first feature that is twisted and captivating."
Thierry Chèze, STUDIO

 

"24-year-old Antonio Campos' debut feature was like a bombshell at this year's Cannes Film Festival. A tour de force that scrutinizes the tension inherent between the human world and the digital world. Admirers are already comparing Campos to Gus Van Sant and Michael Haneke."
Didier Péron, VOGUE HOMMES INTERNATIONAL

 "The disturbing film, which does not have to shy away from comparison to Gus Van Sant´s “Elephant” or “Paranoid Park”, shows an all consuming youth, that knows neither pity nor remorse."
Manfred Hobsch, ZITTY

"Great cinema (...) disturbing"
Andrea Huber, BERLINER MORGENPOST

 

 

"The parents are the problem. When Robert calls his mother from college and admits to no one liking him there, his mother answers him that she wants to talk about something uplifting. (...) AFTERSCHOOL director Antonio Campos has filmed this in an idiosyncratic style consisting of fixed tableus filmed in Cinemascope that further enhances the audiences attentiveness."
Frank Arnold, TIP

"Brilliant Analysis of the media living environment of the youth of today (...) the most promising talent of the American independent scene."
Ekkehard Knörer, PERLENTAUCHER

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Antonio Campos

 

Antonio Campos, born in 1983, is a native New Yorker. He has directed more than 20 short films and documentaries. In 2007 he completed a clip for The Shins’ SLEEPING LESSONS. Aged 21, his short film BUY IT NOW had its world premiere at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation, where it won First Prize. Campos was accepted into the Cannes Residence Program a year later where he wrote the script for AFTERSCHOOL. In between completing the Residence and the production of AFTERSCHOOL, Campos appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 with his short film THE LAST 15. 

 

A student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the film studies department, Campos formed the production company Borderline Films with his NYU classmates Josh Mond and Sean Durkin. AFTERSCHOOL is his feature film debut.

 

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2008 AFTERSCHOOL, Fiction, 107 min.
2007 THE LAST 15, Fiction, 16 min.
2005 BUY IT NOW, Fiction, 58 min.
2002 PANDORA, Fiction, 4 min.

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Cast

Ezra Miller - Robert
Jeremy White - Dave
Michael Stuhlbarg - M. Burke
Addison Timlin - Amy
 Emory Cohen - Trevor

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Antonio Campos
Script: Antonio Campos
Director of Photography: Jody Lee Lipes
Editing: Antonio Campos
Sound Design and Mix: Terressa Tate
Production Designer: Kris Moran
Producers: Josh Mond, Sean Durkin

Technical Info

Category: First Feature Film
Original Language: English
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:2:35
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 6

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un certain regard

MAIN AWARDS

Brussels 2008, Prix Cinédécouvertes
Goteborg 2009, Audience Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Reykjavik 2008, Competition
New York 2008, Competition
Gotham Awards 2008, Nominated
Berlinale 2009, Generation
Krakow 2009, Competition

Year: 
2008
Duration: 
106'

Antonio Campos

 

Antonio Campos, born in 1983, is a native New Yorker. He has directed more than 20 short films and documentaries. In 2007 he completed a clip for The Shins’ SLEEPING LESSONS. Aged 21, his short film BUY IT NOW had its world premiere at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation, where it won First Prize. Campos was accepted into the Cannes Residence Program a year later where he wrote the script for AFTERSCHOOL. In between completing the Residence and the production of AFTERSCHOOL, Campos appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 with his short film THE LAST 15. 

 

Poster: 
Country: 
United States United States



Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialized as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video memorial assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers.

Reviews: 

 "Sophisticated, stylistic. (...) Has a rigorous beauty of its own."Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER"AFTERSCHOOL marks out 24-year-old America's Antonio Campos as a film-maker to watch."Howard Feinstein, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL"He delivers a film that never second-guesses, that is a model of rigour and sophistication."Mathilde Blottière, TÉLÉRAMA "The most unnerving, and certainly one of the most impressive films... AFTERSCHOOL is intelligent, rigorous, excruciating and endlessly fascinating."Tom Huddleston, TIME OUT NEW YORK  

"Campos shows an impressive virtuosity that never stifles his actors' presence or the complexity of what is at stake. Using a digital video recording of the fatal overdose of two students as a starting point, he weaves a vertiginous meditation on the contamination of reality by images, the interaction of different types of images, their cognitive repercussions, and the power of institutions."Jean-Michel Frodon, CAHIERS DU CINÉMA"One shot, when the parents of dead students record their thoughts on video, is one of the strongest pieces of staging I've seen this year. Afterschool marks Antonio Campos as definitely a director to watch."David Bordwell, Film TheoristAFTERSCHOOL is a first feature that is twisted and captivating."Thierry Chèze, STUDIO 

"24-year-old Antonio Campos' debut feature was like a bombshell at this year's Cannes Film Festival. A tour de force that scrutinizes the tension inherent between the human world and the digital world. Admirers are already comparing Campos to Gus Van Sant and Michael Haneke."Didier Péron, VOGUE HOMMES INTERNATIONAL "The disturbing film, which does not have to shy away from comparison to Gus Van Sant´s “Elephant” or “Paranoid Park”, shows an all consuming youth, that knows neither pity nor remorse."Manfred Hobsch, ZITTY"Great cinema (...) disturbing"Andrea Huber, BERLINER MORGENPOST  

"The parents are the problem. When Robert calls his mother from college and admits to no one liking him there, his mother answers him that she wants to talk about something uplifting. (...) AFTERSCHOOL director Antonio Campos has filmed this in an idiosyncratic style consisting of fixed tableus filmed in Cinemascope that further enhances the audiences attentiveness."Frank Arnold, TIP"Brilliant Analysis of the media living environment of the youth of today (...) the most promising talent of the American independent scene."Ekkehard Knörer, PERLENTAUCHER

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialized as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video memorial assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers.

Cast details: 

Ezra Miller - RobertJeremy White - DaveMichael Stuhlbarg - M. BurkeAddison Timlin - Amy Emory Cohen - Trevor

Crew / Technical Info: 

CrewDirector: Antonio CamposScript: Antonio CamposDirector of Photography: Jody Lee LipesEditing: Antonio CamposSound Design and Mix: Terressa TateProduction Designer: Kris MoranProducers: Josh Mond, Sean Durkin

Technical Info

Category: First Feature Film
Original Language: English
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:2:35
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 6

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un certain regard

MAIN AWARDS

Brussels 2008, Prix Cinédécouvertes
Goteborg 2009, Audience Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Reykjavik 2008, Competition
New York 2008, Competition
Gotham Awards 2008, Nominated
Berlinale 2009, Generation
Krakow 2009, Competition

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