10/29/2023, 5:00 p.m., Cinestar Kino 1
USA 2023, 106 Min, Original version with English subtitles, (German) FSK: 12
Project K Selection: Encounters and Relationships
Directed by: Celine Song
Written by: Celine Song
Starring: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro
Berlinale 2023 – Competition
Sundance Film Festival: London – Audience Award
Sydney Film Festival – Official Competition
In the Korea of their childhood, Na-young (Greta Lee) and Hae-sung (Teo Yoo) are best friends – and maybe even something more. The two have a bond that remains even into adulthood. But then Na-young’s family’s move to Canada separates the two. Years later, they reconnect over the internet, and though their bonds seems as strong as before, again they part ways. It is not until much later that Hae-sung and Na-young, who now calls herself Nora and is married to writer Arthur (John Magaro), meet again in New York, where past and present collide.
Past Lives is director Celine Song’s debut feature. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was well-received by both audiences and critics alike.