The first trailer for ‘Memoria’ shows an enigmatic thriller with Tilda Swinton

Acclaimed Thai Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul he’s back with his latest movie, Memory, a thrilling drama starring the Oscar winner Tilda swinton. Currently scheduled to have its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the folks at NEON released the first trailer for the film in anticipation of its debut. Weerasethakul previously won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for what is probably his best known film, Uncle Boonmee who can remember his past lives.

Memory follows Swinton as a Scottish woman in Colombia who hears a loud roar at dawn and subsequently begins to experience a mysterious sensory syndrome during her travels. The trailer offers little more information than this brief synopsis, and it certainly keeps the rest of the plot and genre hidden from the public for an intriguing experience. The trailer’s soundtrack is truly the star of this two-minute glimpse, as its combination of metallic, mechanical, and haunting sounds offers at least some insight into the film’s tone, and is quite reminiscent of contemporary classical science. fi movies like Under the skin.


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In an official statement, Weerasethakul mentions that this film is almost semi-autobiographical, as he experienced his own auditory hallucination while visiting Colombia: “While researching, I often heard a loud noise at dawn. It was internal and has occurred in many of the places. that I visited. This symptom is inseparable from my exposure to Colombia. It has formed the basis of a character whose sound experience is synchronized with the memory of the country. ”

Colombia is most likely an integral part of the film, particularly as Swinton’s character appears to discover a 6,000-year-old artifact. The skeleton he finds has a hole in its head to “release evil spirits.” Swinton also relates to the culture, landscape and art of the country, which Weerasethakul describes as “an expression of people’s memories through the centuries.”

This is actually one of five films Swinton will appear at Cannes this year, including Wes Anderson’s. The French office Y The Souvenir Part II. Memory It might just be the most surreal and bizarre film of his Cannes work, as Weerasethakul’s films are often known for their dreamlike and sometimes baffling humor. Weerasethakul will also direct a segment of The year of the eternal storm which will premiere at Cannes this year, which is an anthology film that includes other renowned international directors such as Jafar panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, Y David lowery. So it will certainly be a busy Cannes for both the star and the director!

NEON hasn’t announced a US release date for Memory yet, but check out the first trailer and poster below.

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