Beginning with Blissfully Yours, which won the Un Certain Regard Award in 2002, the Cannes Film Festival has consistently honored the works of Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who returns to the French Riviera for the world premiere of Memoria. The drama stars Tilda Swinton as a Scottish woman who imagines the physical manifestations of the strange sounds that she hears while travelling in Colombia. Weerasethakul has a fascination with memories and his latest cinematic effort was inspired by him developing symptoms of Exploding Head Syndrome, a sleep disorder where loud noises are heard when transitioning in or out of deep sleep, while visiting Colombia. “Film is like my second place to keep my memories so over the years it has been about capturing or simulating certain memories or fantasies that I want to keep.”

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