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The Souvenir

Joanna Hogg
UK, USA 2019 / 120’
Portrait of a Lady on Fire The Traitor

A hit from this year’s Sundance Festival (award winner for the best foreign film) and the Berlinale. Great Britain in the 1980s. Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne making her film debut, the daughter of Tilda Swinton, who also appears in the film) is a student who comes from wealthy family. She’s studying directing and is preparing her first project. One day, she meets a guy named Anthony (Tom Burke) who works for the Foreign Office. They quickly fall in love and move in together, but their life with one another will be far from idyllic. With certain autobiographical touches, Joanna Hogg’s film is a brilliant portrait of toxic emotions, a story about the pain of artistic awareness and a nostalgic tale about the loss of innocence. With the bitter irony with which The Souvenir exposes the dark side of life among Britain’s upper classes, this film should appeal to all lovers of books and TV series about Patrick Melrose.

Piotr Czerkawski


Sundance FF 2019 – World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize

Joanna Hogg

Born in London in 1960, Joanna Hogg is a film director and screenwriter. After graduating from high school, she took up photography. Following a chance encounter with Derek Jarman, she became interested in cinema and began making experimental films, which later paved her way into the National Film and Television School, which she graduated from in 1986. She spent years working in television and made her directorial debut in 2008 with the full-length feature Unrelated.


2008 Unrelated

2010 Archipelago

2013 Exhibition

2019 The Souvenir

Cast & Crew

director Joanna Hogg
screenplay Joanna Hogg
cinematography David Raedeker
editing Helle le Fevre
cast Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Tom Burke
producer Joanna Hogg, Luke Schiller
production BBC Films, BFI Film Fund, JWH Films, Protagonist Pictures, Sikelia Productions
Polish distributor UIP
language English
colouration colour