Cannes Film Festival: Beyond Memories – Lexus Short Films (+ Behind the scenes)

Cannes 2013 Poster

Cannes 2013 Poster

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013.  Steven Spielberg was the head of the jury for the main competition. The New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the Ciné fondation and Short Film sections. The French actress Audrey Tautou hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

The festival opened with The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and closed with Zulu, directed by Jérôme Salle.  The film poster for the festival featured Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward.  The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola, opened the Un Certain Regard section.

We were especially attracted to a short film, Beyond Memories, directed by Cristina Molino,  We were absolutely spellbound by the brilliant lead actress Jolene Anderson and how she managed to film some scenes in the cold waters of Long Beach, California, and the origin of the idea of  Cristina Molina for her short film.

So, we decided to share this film with you.

About Lexus Short Films:

Lexus wants new car shoppers to see the brand as representing sophistication and a design-centric philosophy, and recently launched a new campaign to help get the message across.

As part of the campaign, the Japanese automaker launched a new lifestyle magazine and announced it would be sponsoring art and design exhibitions. It also teamed up with The Weinstein Company to create a series of arty short films.

The first of these, titled Beyond Memories, was premiered during the recent 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France.

According to Lexus, the short film is about the struggles of a young woman trying to get over a past love.

Unlike past short films we’ve seen from the major automakers, like BMW’s pioneering The Hire series as well as Jaguar’s more recent Desire, Lexus’ new short film shows no relation to its actual cars.

This, however, may change for the forthcoming films in the series. They will be released on the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of June.

Beyond Memories – WATCH THE FILM

Beyond Memories | LEXUS SHORT FILMS
This is a very unique short film that blurs past, present and future for director Cristina Molina’s characters. Sophie believes that forgetting is the only way of moving on with her life, but one day she realizes that she can’t make memories from a previous life completely disappear. All those memories are still there, hidden inside her mind.

Directed by Cristina Molino

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Go behind the scenes to watch the making of BEYOND MEMORIES. In this clip we are in Northern California running through the woods with actors Colin Branca and Jolene Anderson. Director Cristina Molina discusses Jolene’s character in this Lexus Short Film and shares her vision of this red-haired woman.

Published on Jun 14, 2013
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Go behind the scenes to look at the making of Timeless Wardrobe, the Cold Plunge and The Majestic Forest of Beyond Memories.

Published on Jun 11, 2013

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BEYOND MEMORIES. In this clip we take a behind the scenes look at the wardrobe with costume designer Bobbie Mannix.

Published on Jun 9, 2013

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For the Lexus Short Film, BEYOND MEMORIES the location department needed to find a majestic place to film this timeless couple played by Colin Branca and Jolene Anderson. They found the perfect place in the redwood forests of Northern California where the old growth trees create the ideal backdrop for this story.

Published on Jun 4, 2013

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For Cristina Molina’s film, BEYOND MEMORIES, her lead actress Jolene Anderson had to brave the cold cold waters of Northern California. In this behind the scenes look we see Jolene filming on location and in a water tank in Long Beach, California to capture the underwater elements on the sequence.

Watch the Director’s Vision video clip. Cristina Molina’s film Beyond Memories.  Go behind the scenes to look at the making of the film.

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Director Cristina Molina talks about the origin of the idea for her Lexus Short Film, BEYOND MEMORIES. Cristina discusses the special significance of objects in her film as we see a behind the scenes look at the making of the film.


Cristina Molino is a Spanish director and cinematographer from Madrid Spain. She trained as a photographer at Efti School and as a Cinematographer at Madrid’s Film School, ECAM, where she was awarded with first-class honours and received an award sponsored by Kodak, Technicolor lab and Camara Rental. After working as a photographer and several projects as a Cinematographer, she initiated herself also as a film director. ¿Te vas? (Are you leaving?), a work that has been awarded in fifteen film festivals including the International Film Festival of Locarno, was the first short film that Cristina directed. Soon after she directed her second short film, Retorno (Return) and recently her third, Nada (in post-production). In addition to her own film projects, she is currently working as a commercial director and cinematographer for the Spanish production companies Think Mol and Lee Films International as well as the American production company Red Magma Media.