Screening followed by a discussion with artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Free for SAIC and Northwestern University students; tickets will be released Sunday, April 23rd*.

"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

Thursday, April 27 at 6pm | 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.  

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

About the artist

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 Prize in South Korea, and the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands.

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SAIC Student Tickets

All CATE programs are free for SAIC students. Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.

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