Hop Film Event


with sound editor Javier Umpierrez and sound designer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
May 20, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton finds herself at the center of a sonic mystery in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's hypnotic new film.

21/22 Hop Film Event

MEMORIA - Official Trailer

From the extraordinary mind of Palme D'or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and starring Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton, comes a bewildering drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud 'bang' at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.

Sound designer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr's compositions are as dramatically impactful as Swinton's performance is delicately minimalist. Her carefully calibrated movements sit beautifully within the director's enigmatic images and hypnotic pacing. D: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Colombia/Thailand, subtitled, 2021

Memoria sound editor Javier Umpierrez and sound designer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr lead a post-film virtual Q&A about the art and science behind sound design. Their participation is made possible by Design Initiative at Dartmouth (DIAD).

In partnership with Science on Screen®

Javier Umpierrez

Since I was a little kid I've always been attracted by the power of audio storytelling. First I was in love with the abstract and imaginative world of radio, and later by the power of sound to heighten and enrich images, to create a world within a film and to extend a movie beyond the screen.

That's why I dedicated most my life to learn how to use sound as a narration tool, working as a sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer, and (sometimes) composer for the last 13 years.

In that time, I have supervised and designed the sound for narrative films, documentaries, tv series and adverts in Mexico, as well as other countries, like France, Puerto Rico and Colombia.

I supervise the whole editorial process of my team, developing a unique sonic signature for each project, and carrying the concept of the sound design through the mix, sometimes mixing myself.

During the last years, I have worked in films screened in festivals all over the world, like Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, Venice, etc.


Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr

He has a BFA degree in Political Science/International Affairs from Thammasat University and originally intended to join the diplomatic corps. But a strong interest in film sidetracked him into studying Film-making in the USA. After graduating from film school in 2000, he was active in 'underground' film-making in the Bay Area, San Francisco.

On his return to Thailand, he worked with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as a sound designer for the first time on Tropical Malady (2004). Since then, he has worked with him on almost all his films and art installations. In 2008, he founded an open art space, SOL (Space of Liberty) with his frequent sound collaborator, Koichi Shimizu. They were invited to create Anat(t)a, a sound installation, for the 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2008.

His recent credits include Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Memoria (2021), Edwin's Vengeance is mine, All others pay cash (2021), Ian Cheng's Life After BOB: The Chalice Study (2021), Taiki Sakpisit's The Edge of Daybreak (2021), Alyx Ayn G. Arumpac's Aswang (2019), Kondej Jaturanrasamee's Where we belong (2019), Daniel Hui's Demons (2018), Anocha Suwichakornpong's By the time it gets dark (2016).

Recently, he has been working on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's theater performance called " Feverroom", which has been shown in Gwangju, South Korea, Brussels, Belgium, Graz, Austria, Lisbon, Portugal, Nanterre, France, Berlin, Germany, Yokohama, Japan, Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.

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