The Souvenir

Early in The Souvenir, over drinks and flirting, two soon-to-be lovers rehash the old life-versus-art debate. One, a filmmaker, is preoccupied with honoring reality as faithfully as possible. The other, an observer, rolls his eyes: “We don’t want to see life played out as it is, we want to see it as it is experienced.” Joanna Hogg takes a little of both positions in her fourth feature, a work of memoir shattered and reassembled into a universally truthful fiction, at once the coming-of-age story of many women and a specific creative manifesto for one of modern British cinema’s most singular writer-directors. (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Director's Biography
Joanna Hogg
Joanna Hogg, born in London in 1960, studied at the National Film & Television School. Her graduation film “Caprice” (1986) starred Tilda Swinton. Hogg's TV work includes episodes of "Casualty" and "London Bridge". In 2007 she made her feature film debut with “Unrelated”. Crossing Europe dedicated the 2014 Tribute to her. In 2019 she won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 

Film Selection: The Souvenir (2019) – Exhibition (2013, CE'14) – Archipelago (2010, CE'11) – Unrelated (2007, CE'08) – London’s Burning (1999, TV Series, CE '14) – Caprice (1986, short, CE '14)

European Panorama Fiction 2019
Joanna Hogg
Great Britain 2019
115 minutes
Screenplay Joanna Hogg
Cinematography David Raedeker
Editing Helle le Fevre
Sound/Sounddesign Jovan Ajder
With Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade
Producer(s) Luke Schiller, Joanna Hogg
BBC Films, British Film Institute, JWH Films, Sikelia Productions
World Sales
Protagonist Pictures
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Sundance Film Festival 2019
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Sundance Film Festival 2019

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere