Among the numerous post-apocalyptic stories in recent years, there are only a handful that tackle the feeling of disconnection and disorientation that comes with living in confused chaos. One of these is Claire Carré’s debut film “Embers,” a film about a group of survivors struggling with sustained short-term memory loss after a global neurological epidemic.
At the center of the film is the romance between a wandering couple (Jason Ritter and Iva Gocheva) who wake up every morning unfamiliar with their surroundings and unsure of who they are. Other characters include a wealthy father and daughter stuck in an underground bunker where they retain their memory, a scientist who can’t comprehend his own mental state, a young boy drifting through the woods, and a demented man who can’t figure out why he’s filled with rage. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
Carré has this to say about her first feature, “I wanted my first film to be about something personal to me, and I kept coming back to the importance of memories to my own identity. Memory is like a unique mental fingerprint for each of us – even shared experiences will be remembered differently. Science fiction is perfect for asking ‘what if’ questions about aspects of being human that we normally take for granted. The main question ‘Embers’ asks is, ‘What if we didn’t have memory?’ I’m more interested in using film to ask questions than make statements.”
“Embers” will be available on iTunes and VOD on August 2 from The Orchard. It will also receive a theatrical release from Slamdance Presents.