Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "MEMORIA" is selected for the main competition unit at the 74th Cannes Film Festival



This is the first Spanish-language film by the Thai director, co-produced by BCAF, with the organization's Chairman, Qiao Cui, serving as the film's co-producer.

Weerasethakul previously won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2010 for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" and received the Jury Prize in the main competition unit in 2004 for "Tropical Malady." "MEMORIA," shot in Colombia, is the director's sixth film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival and his first international collaboration in the Spanish language.

The film stars Tilda Swinton, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, French actress Jeanne Balibar, who won the César Award and the San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actress Award, and Spanish actor Daniel Giménez Cacho, among others.


"The lead actor Tilda Swinton and the director are discussing the script, and the picture is officially authorized by the production team of 'MEMORIA'."

As one of the world's most important A-list international film festivals, the 2021 Cannes Film Festival will be held from July 6th to 17th, attracting global attention from the film industry in the post-pandemic era. The festival will resume public screenings under health guidelines. Festival Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux said that this year's selection process took a year and a half, with a record number of films in the main competition unit, featuring renowned directors such as Wes Anderson, Leo Carax, and Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Three of the directors in the main competition unit have won the Palme d'Or, and three have won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Four of the directors are women, and eight are first-time entrants in the main competition unit. The Jury President of the main competition unit is American director and producer Spike Lee.

Movie synopsis.


"MEMORIA" follows the story of Jessica, played by Tilda Swinton, the owner of a flower farm, who hears a loud noise, a "bang," only she can hear at dawn, which is an internal voice. The film follows her adventures in Bogotá for a day, including her interactions with a French archaeologist studying human remains at a tunnel construction site, Agnes, and Hernan, who works in fish processing. By the end of the day, Jessica's voice returns to normal.


"The lead actor Tilda Swinton and the director are on set shooting, and the picture is officially authorized by the production team of 'MEMORIA'."

In 2016, the China Art Film Foundation (CAFF) was established to invest, develop, produce, and distribute high-quality, original, vibrant, and distinctive film projects. The international master directors who have collaborated with CAFF include David Lynch, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1990 and the Academy Honorary Award at the Oscars in 2020, Wim Wenders, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1984 and the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2010, and Wang Bing, winner of the Goldener Leopard at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival.


In the filming by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the images are officially authorized by the 'MEMORIA' production team.



Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He attended Khon Kaen University and received a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1994. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking in 1997. Honored with the Palme d'Or award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He made his first short film, Bullet, in 1993. In the year 2000, his feature directorial debut "Mysterious Object at Noon" was listed as one of the best films of the year by "Film Comment" and "Village Voice." Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The Thai Office of Contemporary Art and Culture also honoured Apichatpong with its 2005 Silpathorn Award for filmmaking. His feature films Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives winned the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize. His film Cemetery of Splendour was premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim.


Tilda Swinton

Born on November 5, 1960 in London, England, she is a British actress, producer, and screenwriter. Swinton began her career by appearing in Derek Jarman’s experimental films Caravaggio (1986). She next starred in Sally Potter's Orlando (1992), for which she was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Deep End (2001). In 2005, Tilda starred in the fantasy action film "Constantine"; that same year, she received a nomination for Best Villain at the 15th MTV Movie Awards and a nomination for Best Actress at the 32nd Saturn Awards for her role in the fantasy film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Swinton's performance in Michael Clayton (2007) won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she served as the President of the Jury for the 59th Berlin Film Festival. In 2010, Tilda appeared in the fantasy film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." In 2013, she starred in the science fiction film "Snowpiercer," and received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 13th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards. In 2015, she joined the South Korean adventure film "A Bigger Splash" as an actor and producer. In 2016, she appeared in the science fiction action film "Doctor Strange."
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