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Michel Franco’s ‘Memory’ With Peter Sarsgaard Sells Wide – The Hollywood Reporter

The Match Factory has closed deals across most of Europe and much of Asia for Memory, the new film from acclaimed Mexican director Michel Franco. The drama, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Jessica Chastain, premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year, winning Sarsgaard the prize for best actor.

Match Factory inked deals for the film with France (Metropolitan FilmExport), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (MFA + Filmdistribution), Benelux (September Film), Italy (Academy Two), CIS (Capella Film), Japan (Cetera Trading), Scandinavia (Nonstop Entertainment AB), Poland (Galapagos Films), Portugal (Films4You), Greece (Spentzos), Baltics (A-One Film), Turkey (MUBI), Ukraine (Arthouse Traffic), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF MegaCom), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East and North Africa (Front Row Filmed) and Taiwan (Moviecloud).

Ketchup Entertainment has U.S. rights to the film and will be bowing it in a limited, award-qualifying release in New York and L.A. on December 22, going nationwide on January 5 next year.

Chastain plays Sylvia, a social worker and recovering alcoholic whose simple and structured life is blown open when she sees Saul (Sarsgaard) at a high school reunion and is triggered by old trauma. When he follows her home and she finds out he has dementia, the two begin to cautiously circle one another, struggling for connection and a common understanding of their shared past.

Memory was produced by Teorema in collaboration with High Frequency Entertainment in association with Screen Capital / Screen One, MUBI and Case Study Films.