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Memoria

classified 12A
Film

Fri 14 Jan - Tue 8 Feb

Director
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast
Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar
Details
136 mins, 2021, UK
Primary language
English

Shot and set in Colombia, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s meditative rumination on memory and the human condition is anchored by Tilda Swinton’s enigmatic, otherworldly presence.

Visiting her sister in Bogota, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is woken up 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.

Shooting a feature outside Thailand for the first time, Weerasethakul continues to probe the unknowable. Drawing on the familiar themes of sleep, memory, past lives, verdant landscapes and dreams, Memoria retains its own enthralling logic as the filmmaker employs his status as an outsider in Colombia to further amplify the power of the impenetrable. The film’s commitment to sound allows us to follow Jessica to the threshold of personal and collective memory and provides a rare cinematic experience that will reverberate for a long time to come.

The Tue 8 Feb 17:40 screening is followed by a post-film discussion with Miguel Prado and Cécile Malaspina, chaired by Emma Brännlund as part of Conversations About Cinema: Thought In Action.

  • Screenings of Memoria on today are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

AD
Audio Description
BSL
BSL interpretation
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
RS
Relaxed Screening
S
Subtitled
SD
25% Socially Distanced screening
Times TBC
To be confirmed