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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria

Offering the Croisette not one but two films this year — The Year of the Everlasting Storm is a rare anthology film that is actually next level. His latest brought him to the country of Colombia with Tilda Swinton in tow. No stranger to Cannes, Blissfully Yours won the A Certain Regard Prize in 2002, Tropical Malady won the Official Competition Jury Prize in 2004, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won him his first Palme in 2010. Memoria is his third film in Comp.


A change of scenery appears to have worked wonders for the Thai filmmaker as Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria drum beat thumped Cannes yesterday challenging the top rated film on our grid (Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car) with a 3.7 overall grade and still some votes to be counted for. Could this be a Palme d’Or contender?

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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