. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Memoria

Posted by | otaper | Posted on | April 27, 2023

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.

Join celebrated director Apichatpong Weerasethakul for a screening of his award-winning MEMORIA.

Two figures sitting at a table in a lush green landscape.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Memoria, 2021, Courtesy of the artist and NEON

“MEMORIA  is one of the greatest movies you’ll see—or hear—in a theater this year.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“An emotionally wrenching and intellectually fulfilling experience.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Mysterious and transfixing, MEMORIA stars Tilda Swinton as an expat scientist living in Colombia who is suddenly beset by sounds only she can hear. In her quest to find the source of these sonic disturbances, she travels through lush countrysides, busy Bogotá streets, and austere brutalist architecture, chasing ghosts, missing persons, and the reverberating echoes of the past. The film, which is only available  to experience in theaters, will be followed by an extended conversation with Weerasethakul, who will discuss the ideas and experiences that drive his practice.

Presented in partnership with Northwestern University’s Department of Radio/TV/Film and The Block Museum.

Colombia, 136 minutes plus discussion
Format: 35mm
In Spanish and English with English subtitles



Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. His works draw upon the interplay between lived and cinematic time, Buddhism, and science fiction to explore memory and complex social issues. Weerasethakul’s features, short films, and installations have gained widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, the Cannes Jury Prize in 2021 for MEMORIA and in 2014 for TROPICAL MALADY, and the Cannes Un Certain Regard Award in 2002 for BLISSFULLY YOURS. His installations have been exhibited and collected by institutions around the world. He is the recipient of the Sharjah Biennial Prize, the prestigious Yanghyun Art Prize in South Korea, and the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands.