First show: August 18
Michael Almereyda (ESCAPES, HAMLET, EXPERIMENTER) turns to Sci-Fi to exploits inspired performances by Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins & Lois Smith while exploring memory, identity, love & loss – echoing Yorgos Lanthimos à la ALPS. Here, however, it’s holograms of dead loved ones that assuage the grieving in the near future.
“Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of herdeceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast and shot with the intimate rhythm of mortality, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with death. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almereyda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?” – Sundance.
Written & directed by Michael Almereyda, based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-Nominated play. With Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith. USA. DCP 98 mins.