‘After Love’ is the powerful debut feature by writer and director Aleem Khan and is an extraordinarily moving drama that features a compelling lead performance by Joanna Scanlan, alongside French actress Nathalie Richard and newcomer Talid Ariss in his first major English language role.
‘After Love’ tells the story of Mary Hussain (Scanlan) who converted to Islam when she married and now is in her early 60s, living quietly in Dover with her husband Ahmed. Following his unexpected death, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just twenty-one miles away, across the Channel in Calais. The shocking discovery compels her to go there to find out more, and as she grapples with her shattered sense of identity, her search for understanding has surprising consequences.
‘After Love’ was awarded the Cannes 2020 Critics’ Week label, followed by selection for Telluride 2020, TIFF Industry Selects and Rome Film Festival Official Selection. It had its UK premiere screening to much acclaim at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival. Aleem Khan was shortlisted for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI, presented during the festival.
‘After Love’ will be released in UK & Irish cinemas on 4th June 2021