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Past Lives (2023)

Opens on January 19

Director: Celine Song Run Time: 106 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023

Starring: Emily Cass McDonnell, Greta Lee, John Magaro, Jojo T. Gibbs, Yoo Teo

Country: United States
Language: English, Korean

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

Nominated for Best Pictures and Best Original Screenplay at the 96th Academy Awards. Past Lives (2023) also received five Golden Globe nominations and five 2024 Independent Spirit Award nominations.

“it will turn your conceptions of love, identity and fate on their head”

—Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.

About the filmmaker:

Celine Song is a Korean-Canadian director, playwright, and screenwriter based in the United States. Her directorial debut Past Lives (2023) premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Among her plays are “The Seagull on The Sims 4” and “Endlings”, which received its world premiere in 2019 at American Repertory Theater and had its New York premiere in 2020 at New York Theatre Workshop. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. Celine also wrote on the first season of Amazon’s Wheel of Time. She received her MFA in play writing from Columbia University.

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