Embers (2015 film)

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Directed by Claire Carré
Produced by Charles Spano
Claire Carré
Written by Charles Spano
Claire Carré
Starring Jason Ritter
Iva Gocheva
Music by Kimberly Henninger
Shawn Parke
Cinematography Todd Antonio Somodevilla
Edited by Claire Carré
Chaotic Good
Papaya Films
Bunker Features
Release date
September 18, 2015 (Germany)
Running time
85 minutes
Language English

Embers is a 2015 American independent science fiction film directed by Claire Carré as her feature debut, and written and produced by Claire Carré and Charles Spano. It features Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva, Greta Fernández, Tucker Smallwood, Karl Glusman, and Silvan Friedman.

The film world premiered at Oldenburg International Film Festival and US co-premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival where it won Best Feature. Embers was selected as Closing Night Film at Slamdance Film Festival. Slamdance Presents acquired theatrical rights and The Orchard acquired global digital distribution rights to the film, releasing it in 2016.


Embers tells the story of those who, a decade after a global epidemic, remain and suffer from lasting effects of the virus - retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The survivors navigate a decaying landscape, unable to recall the past or create new memories. Five interwoven stories each explore a different facet of life without memory in a future that has no past.


Critical Response[edit]

Embers received wide critical acclaim including positive reviews in The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles TImes, and L.A. Weekly. Eric Kohn of IndieWire dubbed Embers, "the best science fiction discovery of the year,"[1] and Don Simpson writing for Smells Like Screen Spirit called Embers, "one of the most memorable independent science fiction films in the last decade.”[2] Sight & Sound's Anton Bitel lauded the direction, saying, "Carré weaves from her ensemble amnesi-apocalypse a reflection of the human condition as philosophically compelling as it is emotionally intelligent."[3] The Italian film journal Cine Lapsus described the film as, "Beckett absurdly suspended halfway between Memento and City Lights.”[4] Science fiction portal IndieSciFi451 criticized Embers, saying that "it desperately tries to look like an art-house movie or a video installation, but lacks enough maturity for it."[5]


Director Claire Carré received nominations for the "Someone To Watch" Award at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards and the Spotlight On Women Directors Award at the Gotham Awards. Embers was nominated for Best Production Design for Chelsea Oliver at the inaugural American Independent Film Awards.

Embers received numerous festival accolades including Best Feature at New Orleans Film Festival, SciFi London, Feratum Film Festival, and Oxford Film Festival, where Carré also was given the Alice Guy-Blaché Award. At Newport Beach Film Festival, Embers won both Best Feature and Best Director, and the film received awards for Best Feature and Best Editing at Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival. Embers also received Best New Director at Brooklyn Film Festival, and both the Juice Award and Special Jury Prize at Sarasota Film Festival. Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in Italy awarded Embers the prestigious Asteroide.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kohn, Eric. "Here's the Best Science Fiction Discovery of the Year | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Embers | Review (Repost)". Smells Like Screen Spirit. 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Lost in inner space: ten highlights of Sci-Fi-London 2016 | Sight & Sound". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  4. ^ "EMBERS (2015), di Claire Carré – CineLapsus.com". www.cinelapsus.com (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Embers | Review". www.indiescifi451.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  6. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh (2016-11-08). "EMBERS Wins at Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2016". ScreenAnarchy. Retrieved 2017-05-08.