Sweat (2021)

Director: Magnus von Horn Run Time: 105 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2020

Starring: Aleksandra Konieczna, Julian Świeżewski, Magdalena Koleśnik, Zbigniew Zamachowski

Country: Poland, Sweden
Language: Polish

“bound to make any woman online feel seen.”

—Ella Kemp for Empire

About the film:

Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

The breakout second feature from writer-director Magnus von Horn, Sweat is a shocking glimpse beneath the candy-colored surface of internet celebrity. Magdalena Koleśnik turns in a star-making performance as beloved fitness influencer Sylwia, who seemingly has it made: hundreds of thousands of social media followers, endorsement deals, photo spreads in magazines.

But when she shares a video of herself breaking down in tears on Instagram, Sylwia’s sponsors become concerned, her most rabid fan turns increasingly obsessive, and she’s forced to confront her deepest insecurities. As she barrels toward a talk show appearance that could catapult her fame or destroy everything she’s built, Sylwia must decide whether she can keep up with the exhaustive demands of her online fame.

Refreshingly honest and achingly relatable, Sweat offers an up-to-the-second portrait of everyone’s need for genuine connection. Told with the pulse-pounding intensity of a thriller, this riveting drama exposes the real-life repercussions of our digital culture.

About the filmmaker:

Magnus von Horn was born in 1983 in Sweden, Gothenburg. He is living and working in Poland. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź in 2013, where he now teaches directing. Magnus made a successful entrance with his short films: Echo (2010) premiered at Sundance Film Festival and Without Snow (2011) premiered at Locarno Film Festival. His debut feature The Here After premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight 2015 – Cannes Film Festival and won two Swedish Guldbagge Awards for Best Film & Best Director and traveled along the festivals such as Toronto, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian and was sold to more than 10 territories. With Sweat, his second feature length fiction he took part in Torino Film Lab.

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