From the extraordinary mind of Palme d’Or winning Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, comes a unique drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.
Jessica (Tilda Swinton), a Scottish orchid farmer, is in Bogotá, Colombia, to visit her sister.
At daybreak, she is startled by a loud bang resembling the reverberating sound of a large stone ball falling on metal. This has a profound and lingering effect on her, with the haunting sound dispelling her sleep for days.
She sets out to try and understand it, guided from recording studios to secluded villages. The noise, which only Jessica seems to hear, carries a foreboding beauty that is part of the surrounding landscape — be it the busy streets of Bogotá or the verdant mountains around the excavation site where Jessica travels to meet up with a new friend, Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist researching human remains that bear the signs of ritual deaths. Here, Jessica also shares memories with Hernan (Elkin Diaz), a fish scaler who speaks of the past, the future, and the memories of the dead which just could bring her closer to understanding her experience.
As the frequency of the bangs increases, Jessica appears to be living in an alternate reality – at odds with those around her.
Shooting outside of Thailand for the first time in his career, Apichatpong Weerasethakul makes his English and Spanish language debut with Memoria. His latest masterpiece is mysterious and unique, even by his standards, with an international cast of renowned actors.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Memoria is as concerned with the minuscule as with the magnificent. Weerasethakul takes us on a character-driven 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. Memoria will not be released on DVD or streamed online, so see it at BREC now or possibly miss out forever!
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
‘Memoria is more meditation than movie, a transfixing deep-dive into the profound challenges of relating to people and places from the outside in… In his own precise, abstract manner, Apichatpong has made an ecological disaster movie about the danger involved in ignoring the natural state of things and the people who respect it.’
Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Memoria isn’t about individual memory, but collective forgetfulness.
Robert Daniels, Polygon
A modern-day allegory with universal resonance told in a filmmaking style that absolutely won’t be for everyone, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s spellbinding Memoria moves in the subtlest increments. …There’s nothing quite like Memoria, though, especially in a climatic shot that falls firmly in the am-I-actually-hallucinating bracket of final act twists. It’s an exercise in mindfulness that asks you to give yourself over to it lock, stock and barrel. If you’re willing to do that, you can cancel that meditation course.
Phil de Semlyn, TimeOut
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