Magnus Van Horn Talks Second Feature, Social Media Tale SWEAT

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Interview by Paul Salfen

Now streaming on MUBI

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.

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