Memory and its forking paths are at the center of several films coming out this week. Starting with the aptly named Memory, where a nagging tinnitus nestled in Tilda Swinton’s ear breaches the antediluvian history of the world. With Far from you I grew up, documentary filmmaker Marie Dumora, who has been filming the same Yenish family for twenty years, lets the past of her characters emerge through archival footage. Finally, in Damn !, filmed in Reunion, it is the repressed colonial which invites itself in the hallucinated race of the hero.
“Memoria”: in pursuit of the big “bang”
We know it, since the first dazzles that were Tropical Malady (2004), Uncle Boonmee. The one who remembers his past lives, Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2010, or Cemetery of Splendour (2015): Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s kingdom – or ark – is ample and generous enough to accommodate a whole world, living and dead, humans and animals, ghosts and forests, probing the present and the past of our sorrows and letting slip on the wave some memories imbued with mystery.
Memory, the ninth feature film written and directed by the filmmaker and visual artist, completes the Thai’s sensitive project while opening it up to a new territory, Colombia, and to a collaboration with international actors (the British Tilda Swinton, the French Jeanne Balibar and Mexican Daniel Gimenez Cacho).
Jessica, botanist, is in Bogota. She suffers from a chronic condition known as “exploding head syndrome”. Far from narrowing the director’s sensory and shamanic universe, this change of scenery gives him a certain distance to reinvent his language, in a broad spectrum bringing together genre film and experimental, sound installation and special effects of blockbusters that have nourished his childish imagination.
Presented at Cannes, this film catapulting the spectator into unknown cinematographic land, won the Jury Prize, tied with Ahed’s knee, by Nadav Lapid. Clarisse Fabre
“Memoria”, Thai, Colombian, French and German film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Elkin Diaz, Juan Pablo Urrego (2:15).
“Far from you I grew up”: the family through the prism of the years
To anyone who would like to know more about the family, its resources, its atavisms, its internal tectonics, we recommend two equally essential sagas: the first, obvious, is the trilogy of Godfather (1972-1990) directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who replayed the Atrides between Sicily and the United States; the second, more secret, is the series of documentaries that Marie Dumora has been shooting relentlessly for twenty years (With or without you, 2002) around the same Yenish siblings from eastern France. Far from you I grew up is the last part.
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