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An Autumn Shade of Pale: Ketchup Entertainment Lands Michel Franco’s “Memory”

An Autumn Shade of Pale: Ketchup Entertainment Lands Michel Franco’s “Memory”

Finally it wasn’t Bleecker, NEON, Focus or the A24 folks, but little known Ketchup Entertainment that have picked up one of the best titles coming from Venice that was without a home and/or late 2023 award seasons push/playdate. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Michel Franco‘s Memory will secure a theatrical release spot in December and it’ll likely shake up the Best Performance acting categories for the Indie Spirits, Globes and Oscars — Peter Sarsgaard won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor on the Lido. Our Nicholas Bell reviewed the film at Venice, and I interviewed Michel at TIFF.

Tackling a pair of troubled souls each wrestling with their own state of a stifling limbo, for the first time Franco seems interested in exploring a workable sense of catharsis for two people we’re led to feel a palpable sense of compassion for. Jessica Chastain leads the Brooklyn set narrative as a steely, recovering alcoholic with traumatizing secrets, a sinister reunion with someone from her past potentially and circuitously promises a sense of salvation, though not without considerable sacrifice.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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