James Franco’s childhood contuse to be a bountiful source of inspiration for him as a writer, director and actor. He first recounted various anecdotes from his youth in the short story collection “Palo Alto Stories,” which was later turned into a feature film by Gia Coppola. His subsequent memoir, “A California Childhood,” was the starting off point for this year’s “Yosemite,” also starring Franco, and now the upcoming “Memoria,” directed by Nina Ljeti and Vladimir de Fontenay, is the latest movie to be born out of his roots.
Indiewire has an exclusive poster for the coming-of-age drama, which you can check out below. Based on both “Palo Alto” and “A California Childhood,” “Memoria” follows the day-to-day struggles of teenager Ivan Cohen (played by Sam Dillon of “Boyhood”). The viewer follows Ivan as her struggles to find meaning in his life amongst his slacker friends and dysfunctional family, while falling in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists.
As distributor Monterey Media describes the film, “‘Memoria’ raises questions about the memories we choose to keep, the ones we try desperately to forget, and the ones we use as fuel to create our future.”
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The film is expected to hit theaters in early April.