A fresh, hypnotic and spell-binding serving of unmistakable Weerasethakul.
Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar
Colombia-Thailand-UK-Mexico-France-Germany-Qatar-China-Switzerland 2021. 136min
A Sovereign Film Distribution release
A masterly, mesmerising and beautifully immersive piece. While visiting her sister in Colombia, Scottish botanist Jessica (Swinton) is awoken in the early hours of the morning by a haunting, echoey boom. She can’t find the source or an explanation for the noise, but embarks upon on a slightly obsessive mission to recreate it – one that unravels a much greater mystery. Weerasethakul and Swinton prove to be a dream pairing in the director’s first English-Spanish-language feature: her captivating performance pulses and flows through his signature lingering, contemplative shots, taking us on a meditative journey through memory and connection. With intricate sound design from long-term Weerasethakul collaborator Akritchalerm Kalayanmitr, Memoria should be experienced on the big screen.
Kimberley Sheehan, Events Programmer