First show: August 12
“A conceptual masterpiece… It will live with you for the rest of your life, cemented in your consciousness.” – Steven A. Jones, Truth On Cinema
“Visceral and haunting.”— Sophie Larigakis, Berlin Film Journal
The world as we know it has been forgotten. A decade after a global epidemic, those who remain suffer from lasting effects of the virus – retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The survivors navigate a decaying landscape, unable to recall the past or create new memories. Two lovers wake up as strangers every morning in each other’s arms; an orphan wanders in search of a parent; a violence-prone young man does whatever it takes to survive. Meanwhile, a professor desperately searches for a cure, while a girl trapped with her father in an underground bunker—protected from the virus, memories intact—must decide whether it’s worth risking infection to regain her freedom.Each finds their own way to cope with life in a perpetual present, where meaning must be experienced moment by moment. By looking at a vision of the world without memory, Embers considers if our humanity is one thing that is impossible to forget.
Directed by Claire Carré, USA, 85 mins
“My memories are precious to me. I love how memories are formed and reformed in a way that is so specific to each of our minds, like a fingerprint constantly being redrawn. Strung together, memories allow us to tell a story of who we are – to ourselves and to others. But if who I am is built upon who I have been, who would I be without memory, without a story of myself? Is there a core to identity deeper than the sum of our experiences? I created Embers to explore these questions. Memory is uniquely imperfect, and profoundly personal.
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