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Gene Siskel Film Center

Presented in partnership with Northwestern University’s Department of Radio/TV/Film and The Block Museum. This event is free for SAIC and Northwestern students. 


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
Join celebrated director and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) for a screening of his award-winning MEMORIA.. Mysterious and transfixing, the film 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.  

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 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.


The Metaphysical World of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Movies
Hilton Als | The New Yorker | January 17, 2022

'Memoria' Review: In Search of Lost Time
A. O. Scott | The New York Times | December 23, 2021

Sleepless Nights
Amy Taubin | Artforum | December 21, 2021

Review: ‘Memoria’ is one of the greatest movies you’ll see — or hear — in a theater this year
Justin Chang | The Los Angeles Times | April 07, 2022

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s planetary cinema*
Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn | Screen (London), vol. 62 (4) | p. 541-548 | Winter 2021
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The cinematographic refrain: memory and repetition in the films of hong sang-soo and Apichatpong Weerasethakul*
María Del Carmen Molina Barea | Canadian journal of film studies, vol.30 (2) | p.1-21 | 2021
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive*
Aparna Katara Sharma | Leonardo, vol. 45 (2) | p.167-169 | 2012
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Itinerant Cinema: The Social Surrealism of Apichatpong Weerasethakul*
David Teh | Third Text, vol. 25 (5) | p. 595-609 | 2011
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Cinematic Past Lives: Memory, Modernity, and Cinematic Reincarnation in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives"*
Anders Bergstrom | Mosaic (Winnipeg), vol.  48 (4) | p. 1-16 | 2015
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The Politics and Aesthetics of Non-Representation: Re-Imagining Ethnographic Cinema with Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón | Antípoda: Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, no. 33 | p. 13-32 | 2018

The "strange" dis/ability affects and sexual politics of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's transient bodies*
Brian Bergen-Aurand | Cineaction!, vol. 96 | p. 26 | 2015
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Crossing over Horror: Reincarnation and Transformation in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Primitive"*
Una Chung | Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 40 (1/2) | p. 211-222 | 2012
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Possessing the Voice: Ventriloquism and Agency in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour (2015)* 
Clare Veal | Oxford Art Journal, vol. 43 (2) | p. 281-300 | May 2021
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Licking for the Nation: Auntie Genealogies in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Rak ti Khon Kaen*
Iggy Cortez |   Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, vol. 60 (3) | p. 37-61 | Summer 2021
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Staging thought: The essay film and the consciousness of cinema*
Roberto Cavallini | New Cinemas, vol. 15 (1) | p. 33-47 | March 01, 2017
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The Intersection of Politics and Trauma in the Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul*
Jonathan Mackris | Film Matters, vol. 8 (1) | p. 35-38 | March 01, 2017
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Staging the spectral: The border, haunting and politics in Mekong Hotel*
Natalie Boehler | Horror Studies, vol. 5 (2) | p. 197-210 | October 01, 2014
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Videos in SAIC Digital Collections
Apichatpong Weerasethakul : an interview*
Panopto | Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Daniel Eisenberg, Jillian Musielak, and Lauren Pirritano | 2020
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Kick the Machine
Apichatpong Weerasethakul website.

Memoria the Film
Website for Memoria film.

Conversations at the Edge Lecture Recordings
Conversation at the Edge video recordings (2016–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.