Memoria (Colombia) (18/24)

I hesitated to include Memoria on this list, because more likely than not, you will have no way of watching it. The film, which premiered at Cannes last year and became Colombia’s Oscar submission, will never be available to stream according to its director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Rather it will roam around the world in a string of arthouse theatrical engagements from now until the end of eternity. This is due in part to the fact that the film is intensely focused on the sense of sound, and as someone who has watched it in a theater, I can say it’s an experience unlike any other. The fantasy thriller follows Jessica (played by the forever enigmatic Tilda Swinton) who hears a mysterious sound at night and goes on a lengthy journey to uncover what it is she’s hearing. Home sound systems just don’t seem to be up to snuff according to the studio, so they’d prefer to just let the film wander from theater to theater. If Memoria does show up at your local indie cinema, run — don’t walk — to watch it if for no other reason than its sheer exclusivity.

Written by Abu Bakar

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