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

The Memory of Water
(La memoria del agua)

Year: 2015
Run Time: 88 minutes

The Memory of Water
The Memory of Water
The Memory of Water

Husband and wife Javier and Amanda (Elena Anaya of Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” and “Talk to Her”) share a memory that’s almost unthinkable: their four-year-old son, Pedro, drowned in the pool in their backyard in Santiago, Chile. Though both are equally devastated, they have different ideas about how to cope with the loss. While Javier wants to overcome the pain together, Amanda can’t stand to look at her husband, as he reminds her too much of Pedro. After Amanda moves out of their house, she tries to build a new life for herself and starts dating her former lover, Marcos. Meanwhile, despite having the emotional support of his friends and father, Javier’s personal life devolves, and he only longs to get Amanda back. With powerful performances and an affecting soundtrack, Matías Bize’s THE MEMORY OF WATER is a moving portrayal of how one lives and loves in the aftermath of tragedy. (In Spanish with subtitles) –E.B.

CIFF40 Screenings

Monday, April 04, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Cinema en Español

Matês Bize

A native of Santiago, Chile, Matías Bize attended the San Juan Evangelista School and the Chilean Film School. He has won numerous awards around the world, including a Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film for his film "The Life of Fish."

"Saturday" (2003), "In Bed" (2005), "Summer Game" (2005), "About Crying" (2006), "The Life of Fish" (2010), THE MEMORY OF WATER (2015)

Adrián Solar

Julio Rojas, Matês Bize

Arnaldo Rodrí­guez

Valeria Hernández

Principal Cast
Elena Anaya, Benjamín Vicuña, Néstor Cantillana, Sergio Hernández, Silvia Marty

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