Based on James Franco’s “Palo Alto Stories” and “A California Childhood,” the new film “Memoria,” follows Ivan Cohen (Sam Dillon), a young man searching for meaning beyond his stifling Palo Alto life. He’s dissatisfied with his group of slacker friends as well as being ignored by the girl he loves. Neither his dysfunctional family nor his teachers understand him as Ivan tries to find his place in the world, which may lead him down a path from which he can never return. Described as “poignant” and “haunting,” “Memoria” sets its sights on adolescent angst and the memories that define our past, present, and future. Watch an exclusive clip above featuring Ivan talking to his English teacher Mr. Wyckoff, played by James Franco, about a disturbing short story he wrote.
Directed by Vladimir de Fontenay and Nina Ljeti, “Memoria” also stars Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Teo Halm (“Earth to Echo”), Bo Mitchell (“Palo Alto”), and Keith Stanfield (“Short Term 12”). Star Sam Dillon is best known for his work in Spike Jonze’s short film “Scenes from the Suburbs” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Co-star and executive producer James Franco has starred in many films and TV shows, including “Freaks and Geeks,” “Pineapple Express,” “Milk,” and “127 Hours,” for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2011 Oscars. He most recently starred in “The Adderall Diaries” and the Hulu limited series” 11.22.63,” based on Stephen King’s novel by the same name.
“Memoria” will be released nationwide on VOD, DVD, and other digital platforms on May 24th. For more information on the film, check out the film’s official website.