CANADA. Toronto: Stars Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard graced the Toronto International Film Festival with Hollywood allure for their family drama “Memory,” amidst ongoing strikes that have largely kept other celebrities away from the red carpets.
The movie received an interim agreement from both the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), granting the actors permission to promote their work at a festival that has seen a scarcity of stars attending due to the ongoing strikes by writers and actors.
Sarsgaard attends the North American premiere of the movie following his best actor win at the Venice Film Festival, which traditionally kicks off the awards season and frequently showcases strong contenders for the Oscars.
“Memory” is a poignant drama in which Jessica Chastain’s character, Sylvia, grapples with the trauma of her past as she strives to forge a brighter future. Director Michel Franco finds significance in this narrative as it spotlights individuals often marginalised in society.
For Sarsgaard, who portrays Saul, a man grappling with early-onset dementia, the film revolves around forging connections and healing from trauma.
“This type of movie is to connect people back with … what it’s like to be a human being, in whatever way that is,” he stated in an interview.
Sylvia and Saul develop an unexpected bond when he follows her home from a high school reunion, setting the stage for these characters to confront their respective pasts.