• Someone to Watch Nominee  - Independent Spirit Awards

  • Best Narrative Feature - New Orleans Film Festival

  • Best Feature - Newport Beach Film Festival

  • Best Feature (Asteroide Award) - Trieste Science + Fiction

  • Best Feature - Sci Fi London Film Festival

  • Best Narrative Feature - Oxford Film Festival

  • Best Feature - Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival

  • Best Science Fiction Film - Feratum Film Festival

  • Special Jury Award - Sarasota Film Festival


  • Spotlight on Women Directors Nominee - Gotham Awards

  • Best Director - Newport Beach Film Festival

  • Best New Director - Brooklyn Film Festival

  • Mary Shelley Award  - Other Worlds Austin

  • Alice Guy-Blaché Award - Oxford Film Festival

  • Juice Award  - Sarasota Film Festival

  • Best Actress in a Feature - Other Worlds Austin

  • Editing Award - Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival

  • Judges Commendation Award - Boston Sci Fi Film Festival


The Best Science Fiction Discovery of the Year.
— Eric Kohn, IndieWire
A science fiction masterpiece.
— Steve Kopian, Unseen Films
Carré’s debut feature is utterly humane sci-fi at its most soul stirring
— Ben Umstead, TwitchFilm
One of the most memorable independent science fiction films in the last decade.
— Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit
Carré weaves from her ensemble amnesi-apocalypse a reflection of the human condition as philosophically compelling as it is emotionally intelligent... No film has either moved or provoked me as much this year.
— Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound
A triumph of the creative process that will restore your faith in artistry... It will live with you for the rest of your life, cemented in your consciousness.
— Steven A. Jones, Truth On Cinema
Visceral and haunting.
— Sophie Larigakis, Berlin Film Journal
High-concept poetry.
— Don Shanahan, Chicago Examiner
The question of who we are without our memories is raised with impressive skill and depth of feeling by director Claire Carré in this superb debut...A powerful, thoughtful and moving work of science-fiction that engages the head and the heart.
— Jonathan Hatfull, SciFi Now
This female-directed film breathes new life into scifi... and smartly does it on a small scale to create something just as effective, unique and powerful as many of its big budget Hollywood counterparts.
— David Ian McKendry, Blumhouse
A joy to watch... reminds us to hold onto hope during the worst of times.
— Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth
Like the best films of its kind, it lingers in the mind long after viewing.
— Simon Read, Quiet Earth
Rarely has a first-timer tackled heady science fiction with as sure a hand as Claire Carré with Embers.
— Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer
A promising post apocalyptic debut film that is sparse and minimal, but fascinating and hypnotic at the core.
— Jim Laczkowski, The Director’s Club
Impeccably designed and thoroughly believable, Embers envisions its mass forgetting as a kind of personal apocalypse.
— Jonathan Kieran, New Orleans Film Festival
A brilliant and emotional exploration of the human condition.
— Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher
Deft and poignant mastery. Oliver Sacks meets Ray Bradbury.
— Torsten Neumann, Filmfest Oldenburg
Carré’s clear intelligence, resourcefulness and vision combine to make this calling card tough to forget.
— Scott Tobias, Variety
A unique take on the post apocalyptic genre.
— Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
Embers boldly and intelligently takes on questions of identity, love and the meaning of existence.
— Veronika Ferdman, Metroactive
Original and intriguing… The days of new and exciting sci-fi tales aren’t entirely behind us.
— Josh Brown, The 405
One of the most promising new voices of American independent cinema.
— Simon Laperrière, Fantasia Film Festival
Filled with intense performances and breathtaking cinematography, this is the rare science fiction film that excels in its lack of exposition. An atmospheric tone poem in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Embers captures the human condition, stripped away of everything but personality and instinct.
— Bears Fonte, AMFM Magazine
With nothing more than performances and ruins, [writer/director Claire Carré] creates a convincing and enthralling world. More importantly, she achieves that to which the best sci-fi aspires: She probes the nature of what it is to be human. She examines the quixotic nature of memory as both enlightenment and burden, moral boundary and source of pain. Each character treads a different path in this amnesiac’s Divine Comedy, and each finds a different meaning in this meaningless world. In that ambiguity, she finds tragedy, poignancy, and even optimism.
— Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle