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Memoria

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2021
Colombia
136 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Straight from the Cannes Competition, Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s mystical and mysterious new film stars Tilda Swinton as a woman visiting Colombia who is haunted by a loud sound.
Jessica is in Bogotá, Colombia, to visit her sister. At daybreak, she is startled by a loud bang which has a profound and lingering effect on her. Since hearing the bang, Jessica is unable to sleep and sets out to understand its meaning. She tries, with the help of sound engineer Hernan (Juan Pablo Urrego) to replicate the sound, and also befriends Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist studying human remains. As the frequency of the bangs increases, Jessica appears to be living in an alternate reality – at odds with those around her. A meeting in the jungle with a fish scaler, also named Hernan (Elkin Diaz), could just bring her closer to understanding her experience. As concerned here with the minuscule as with the magnificent, Weerasethakul takes us on a sweeping journey involving architecture, archaeology, sleep, dreaming and memory. The result is utterly mesmerising and a vital addition to the body of work of one of the most original, imaginative filmmakers today.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and won the Cannes Palme d’Or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (SFF 2010). He made his debut with Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) and has won several international awards for his films such as Blissfully Yours (2002), Tropical Malady (2004) and Syndromes and a Century (SFF 2007). He is also recognised as a major international visual artist.
Memoria is an out-of-body experience that you have to build up to, step by step. All admirers of this director, with his enigmatic realist-mystic masterpieces such as Tropical Malady and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives will know broadly what to expect. But he is still capable of astonishing you, all over again.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The boldness of Weerasethakul’s vision — the way he turns simple tales into resonant parables — remains astonishing, even nourishing.
Tim Grierson, Screen International

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Fri 5 Nov
9:30pm
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12:05pm
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5:15pm
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Colombia, Thailand, UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Qatar
Language
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producer
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Diana Bustamante, Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Charles de Meaux, Michael Weber, Julio Chavezmontes
Cast
Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar
Screenwriter
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematographer
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor
Lee Chatametikool
Genre
Cannes Selected, Asia, Central & South America, Cinephile, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Religion & Belief, South East Asia
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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