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Tilda Swinton to Star in Palme d’Or Winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Memoria’

The film will explore "colonial history and how collective memory can lead to fear."

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With all due respect to whoever lands the leading role in the next Marvel movie, we now have the most exciting casting news of the year: Tilda Swinton is set to star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” the Thai filmmaker’s first outing since “Cemetery of Splendour.” Affectionately known as “Joe,” Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or in 2010 for his dreamlike “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”

The film will be shot in Colombia. “During the 70s and 80s, it was very violent (in Colombia), much more than now,” Weerasethakul recently told Screen Daily. “When you were driving, there could be a bomb and sometimes the traffic stops and you don’t know (why). People imagine things and have a fear. The movie is about this, waiting for something you don’t know.” According to the Independent, “Memoria” will delve into “colonial history and how collective memory can lead to fear.”

Swinton is no stranger to auteurs of Weerasethakul’s stature, having previously appeared in Béla Tarr’s “The Man From London” in 2007 — the same year she co-starred in “Michael Clayton,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next film is Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which opens in limited release on March 23. (Via the Film Stage)

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