MEMORY Special Screenings


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Michel Franco and actor Peter Sarsgaard.

Thirteen years sober, Sylvia (Academy Award® winner Jessica Chastain) has worked hard to create a stable life for herself and her teenage daughter. She regularly attends her AA meetings and is dedicated to her job at an adult daycare facility. But her carefully constructed routine gets disrupted when she has an off-putting encounter with a dementia patient named Saul (Peter Sarsgaard). Haunted by the past, this chance encounter reverberates through both of their lives, opening new possibilities for their future. The gentle chemistry between Chastain and Sarsgaard, who won Best Actor at this year’s Venice Film Festival, anchors this heart-wrenching melodrama, while supporting performances from Merritt Wever, Josh Charles, Elsie Fisher and Jessica Harper provide grounded support. Unvarnished and sensitively told, Mexican provocateur and AFI FEST alum Michel Franco (NEW ORDER, SUNDOWN) continues to surprise with his bold, actor-focused approach. –Josh Gardner

Michel Franco was born in 1979 in Mexico City and has put Mexican cinema in the global spotlight. The films he has written, directed and produced include NEW ORDER, CHRONIC, APRIL’S DAUGHTERS, AFTER LUCIA, SUNDOWN and MEMORY. His films have earned top awards at Venice, Berlin, TIFF and Cannes.


Country: USA, Mexico

Year: 2023

Director: Michel Franco

Screenwriter: Michel Franco

Producers: Michel Franco, Eréndira Núñez Larios, Alex Orlovsky, Duncan Montgomery

Executive Producers: Paula P. Manzanedo, Moises Chiver, Jack Selby, Patricio Rabuffetti, Tatiana Emden, Joyce Zylberberg, Ralph Haiek, Michael Weber, Efe Cakarel, Bobby Allen, Jason Ropell

Director of Photography: Yves Cape

Editors: Oscar Figueroa Jara, Michel Franco

Production Designer: Claudio Ramirez Castelli

Costume Designer: Gabriela Fernández

Cast/Featuring: Jessica Chastain, Peter Sarsgaard, Brooke Timber, Merritt Wever, Jessica Harper, Josh Charles

Running Time (minutes): 100

Language: English