The Souvenir

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The Souvenir
The Souvenir (2019 poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoanna Hogg
Produced by
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Luke Schiller
Written byJoanna Hogg
Music byScore X Hymns
CinematographyDavid Raedeker
Edited byHelle Le Fevre
  • BBC Films
  • BFI Film Fund
  • JWH Films
  • Sikelia Productions
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) (United States)
  • August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30) (United Kingdom)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Box office$86,505[2]

The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. It stars Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, and Tilda Swinton.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. It was released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by A24, and in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2019, by Curzon Artificial Eye.



The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019.[3] Prior to, A24 and Curzon Artificial Eye acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film, respectively.[4][5] It was released in the United States on May 17, 2019,[6] and in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2019.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received critical acclaim upon its premiere. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95%, based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 8.64/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 95 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[9]


Music supervised by Ilona Cheshire (Score X Hymns Productions) and Air-Edel recording studios.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Sundance Film Festival 2 February 2019 World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Joanna Hogg Won [10]


  1. ^ "The Souvenir". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Souvenir". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 3, 2018). "A24 Acquires Joanna Hogg's Sundance-Bound 'The Souvenir'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Grater, Tom (January 31, 2019). "Joanna Hogg's 'The Souvenir' secures UK and Ireland deal (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Sharf, Zack (February 19, 2019). "The Souvenir' Trailer: Discover the Power of Joanna Hogg's Sundance Darling". IndieWire. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Teen Spirit". Launching Films. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Souvenir (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Souvenir Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Debruge, Peter (February 2, 2019). "Sundance Winners: 'Clemency,' 'One Child Nation' Take Top Honors". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2019.