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Narrative Feature | USA/Korea | 2023 | English/Korean | 106 minutes

Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), two deeply connected childhood friends, are torn apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea to Canada. Two decades later, with Nora in a long-term relationship with Arthur (John Magaro), they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life. With PAST LIVES, acclaimed writer-director Celine Song (HIFF 2023 Breakthrough Artist) crafts an elegantly written, visually enrapturing modern romance, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. An A24 release.


Scheduled to attend: Writer/director Celine Song will receive the HIFF 2023 Breakthrough Artist Award following the screening on October 11.

Celine Song is a filmmaker and playwright. Her debut feature film PAST LIVES premiered at Sundance 2023. The film was released in the U.S. in June to critical and audience acclaim, and will be released globally throughout the year. Her play Endlings 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.

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