Joanna Hogg’s Oscar hopeful, The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne is now available for viewers to watch at home on Blu-ray and DVD.
The film, released by A24, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic. As I wrote in my review upon the film’s theatrical release, Byrne delivers a breakout performance. It is a known fact that female filmmakers don’t get enough recognition during awards season. Hogg is among a number of female filmmakers this year with an awards-worthy film. We’ll see what happens later this year. If you missed the film during its initial theatrical release, it is certainly worth checking out on home video.
In this lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love, a shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.
BLU-RAY/ DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Joanna Hogg
- “Making of The Souvenir” Featurette