Visiting her sister in Bogota, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is awoken by a loud bang, audible only to her. Restless and disoriented, she roams the city in search of an explanation for the mysterious sound, becoming immersed in the aural richness around her – whispers in a hospital room, sound effects playing in an editing studio, indiscreet noises from a city square.
Despite being present throughout, Jessica’s motives remain opaque and her encounters enigmatic. Soon she begins to confront the unsettling sights and sounds that call her identity into question.
Memoria finds writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul branching out into English-language filmmaking without forsaking any of his own lyrical cinematic vocabulary.
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar
Winner - Jury Prize; Cannes Film Festival 202
‘Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton make a dream team. The Thai master’s English-language debut – about an expat attuned to strange frequencies in Colombia – more than matches his past mystic odysseys. A beautiful and mysterious movie.’Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘Memoria lulls you into its rhythms, gives you the sparse outlines of an intellectual framework, then hits you with the full weight of accumulated lyricism that must be pure cinema.’Mark Asch, Little White Lies