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Memory and Desire Film – 1998 Drama Adaptation

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This debut feature from director Niki Caro follows a Tokyo woman and her fiance who elope to New Zealand. A stunted beginning to their sexual relationship is overcome in a cave on an isolated West Coast beach. Shortly afterwards he drowns. She returns to a suffocating Tokyo before being drawn back to the cave. The restrained study of eroticism and grief was based on a short story by Peter Wells (itself inspired by a true story). Desire was selected for Critics' Week at Cannes (1998), and won best film at 1999's NZ Film Awards and a special jury prize for Caro.

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Rights

Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

The Soundtrack is available from sounz.org.nz.

Buy it

Available on DVD from Products New Zealand

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