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After being startled by a loud “bang” at daybreak, orchid botanist Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is plagued by an audio-induced insomnia. While in Bogotá, she befriends an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under construction and begins her search for clarity. Winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival Jury Award, this mysterious, dreamlike journey from Bangkok-born filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul explores ways that echoes of the past influence our today. 2021, Colombia/Thailand/France/Germany/Mexico/Qatar/UK/China/Switzerland, 35mm, in English and Spanish with English subtitles, 136 min.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul has gained attention worldwide for his artistic and groundbreaking experimental films. And for more than 15 years, the acclaimed filmmaker has continued to collaborate with the Walker. Before his 2010 feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives became the first Thai film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Weerasethakul was celebrated here in 2004 as subject of a Walker Dialogue and Retrospective. This was followed in 2012 with his Walker-commissioned work Cactus River, a short film that debuted on the new online Walker Channel. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a part of the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.

Weerasethakul began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998 and is now recognized as a major international visual artist. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, Weerasethakul’s film works are nonlinear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999, which also produces all his films. Memoria (2021) is his first feature to be shot outside Thailand and with an international cast.

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