MEMORIA World Cinema


Colombia Official International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

While visiting Bogotá, Colombia, Jessica (Tilda Swinton), a Scottish orchid farmer grappling with deep existential unease, becomes tormented by a sound only she can hear: the heavy thud of a falling metal ball. But when a sound engineer recreates the noise, Jessica finds that communicating the unplaceable sound in her head does not mitigate her own intense feelings of displacement. Continuing to seek answers, she travels to the mountains to meet with an archeologist researching ritual deaths, but an encounter with a local fisherman instead suggests she look to the skies and the land for answers. Inspired by the filmmaker’s own experience suffering from “exploding head syndrome,” MEMORIA is confounding and transfixing, an intriguing addition to the filmography of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES) and a deserved co-winner of the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. –Malin Kan

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an independent Thai filmmaker who has made several short and feature films since the ’90s. He has also showcased art exhibitions and installations around the world. His films have won many accolades, including the Palme d’Or for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010) and the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section for BLISSFULLY YOURS at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Country: Colombia, Thailand, UK, Mexico, France

Year: 2021

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Screenwriter: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Producers: Diana Bustamante, Julio Chavezmontes, Charles de Meaux, Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Michael Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Executive Producers: Carlos Paz, Tilda Swinton

Director of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Editor: Lee Chatametikool

Production Designer: Angélica Perea

Music: César López

Cast/Featuring: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Running Time (minutes): 136

Languages: English, Spanish