With roughly 10,000 films (give or take) showing at your average Sundance Film Festival, it’s hard to truly rise above the noise, much less make yourself valuable to buyers. And yet writer/director Joanna Hogg‘s The Souvenir arrived this year with A24 handling distribution and a sequel already in the works, but still managed to pick up near-unanimous critical acclaim and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema along the way. Now we, the plebeians without a Sundance pass, can get a glimpse of the much-buzzed-about drama, thanks to a new trailer released today.
The film marks just the second on-screen role for Honor Swinton-Byrne—daughter of Tilda Swinton, who also stars—who portrays Julie, a stand-in for Hogg in a film that intimately explores the filmmaker’s past experiences. Tom Burke (Only God Forgives) and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2) also star.
Check out the trailer below. The Souvenir hits theaters on May 17.
Here is the official synopsis for The Souvenir:
Between script pitches and camera setups, Julie hosts a film-school cohort party where she meets a mysterious man named Anthony. A few days later, Anthony invites Julie to a grand hotel and asks to stay with her for a few days. Thus begins Julie’s first serious love affair. Ignoring her friends and borrowing large amounts of money from her parents, Julie surrenders to the relationship and prioritizes Anthony’s needs.
Set in the ’80s and based on writer/director Joanna Hogg’s real-life experiences, The Souvenir elegantly elevates quotidian moments into a story of unforgettable love. The intensely naturalistic dialogue hints at the characters’ disquietude and vulnerability as they slowly unravel. Though the film features an outstanding supporting cast—including Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade—it’s Honor Swinton-Byrne’s breakout performance as Julie that embodies the film’s core: a woman grappling with separating fact from fiction as her ambitions are jeopardized by her first real romance.