Photographic Memory

Nov 02 - Nov 08, 2012

(Ross McElwee, USA 2011, Blu-ray, 87 min)

Seattle Premiere!

Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult seemingly addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet.  In an attempt to understand and connect, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. He also hopes to track down his former employer, a fascinating Frenchman named Maurice, and Maud, a woman with whom he was romantically involved during that spring 38 years ago. Photographic Memory is a meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the fractured love of a father for his son.

“Absurd as it may sound, [Photographic Memory] is possibly [Ross McElwee’s] most personal film to date…The camera work and editing are polished, and although he may never know for sure what his story’s going to be when he sets out, he shapes it into a final narrative with considerable skill.” –Lee Gardner, Baltimore City Paper

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