Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Country: USA, POLAND
Run Time: 86 minutes


In a not-too-distant future, an infection has plagued the human race. Despite their ragged clothes and decrepit surroundings, people look and act the same, except for one thing—they can't form new memories. A man and a woman wake up next to each other, wearing similar pieces of cloth tied around their wrists. They dub each other “Ben” and “Jenny,” try to piece together their relationship, and search for a better place to live. Meanwhile, a small boy wanders the city aimlessly by himself. An agitated teen wrecks anything that gets in his way. And a professor tries to defeat the symptoms of the disease before he too forgets what they are. Only Miranda and her father, living in a high-tech subterranean bunker, have any recollection of the past. But is life worth living without interacting with the rest of the world? An atmospheric and eerie speculative drama, writer-director-editor Claire Carré’s debut film EMBERS explores the nature of memory and what it means to be human. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) –E.B.

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New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Claire Carré

Born in Santa Monica, California, Claire Carré attended UCLA. EMBERS was selected for the 2014 IFP Independent Filmmakers Lab and won Best Feature Film at the New Orleans Film Festival. Carré currently resides in New York City.

EMBERS (2015)

Charles Spano, Claire Carré, Mevlut Akkaya

Charles Spano, Claire Carré

Todd Antonio Somodevilla

Claire Carré

Principal Cast
Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva, Greta Fernández, Tucker Smallwood, Karl Glusman

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