Neon Takes ‘Memoria’ From Palme D’Or Winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Deal for the film, which stars Tilda Swinton, marks one of the first out of AFM

Neon has acquired the North American rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” which is one of the first deals to come out of the American Film Market (AFM).

The drama was written and directed Weerasethakul and stars Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Pablo Urrego and Elkin Diaz. Weerasethakul’s production company Kick the Machine is producing, alongside Burning and Illuminations Films.

Weerasethakul previously won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for his film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”

Details for the plot are being kept under wraps. The deal was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman on behalf of Neon and Thania Dimitrakopoulou of The Match Factory on behalf of the filmmakers.

At last year’s AFM, Neon acquired Bong Joon-Ho’s eventual Palme d’Or winner, “Parasite,” which is now a major Oscar contender and has grossed over $100 million worldwide. It was a record for Bong and landed the best per-screen average since 2016’s “La La Land,” as well as the biggest per-screen haul of any international film opening in the United States

AFM started on Wednesday and is running until Nov. 13 in Santa Monica, California. It is an event for film acquisitions, development and networking, where production and distribution deals are closed.

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