Past Lives

Sunday, March 3
The Screening Room
1:00 pm

With this special screening of one of the past year’s most acclaimed first features – an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay – KCFF is very happy to acknowledge the Kingston roots of its maker, Celine Song. Before the Korean-Canadian writer began her celebrated career in stage and screen in New York, she studied psychology at Queen’s University with the aim of becoming a therapist. Instead, Song credits her viewing of a Queen’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Drums in the Night with inspiring her to become a playwright. Her early experiences certainly help inform the semi-autobiographical character of Nora (Greta Lee), a woman who finds herself torn between two loves. Thoughtful, romantic and exquisitely rendered, Song’s first feature is a special achievement, one that the Festival is able to share once again with Kingston audiences just before its big night at the Oscars.  

Director: Celine Song

Cast: Greta Lee, John Magaro, Jojo T. Gibbs

Language: English, Korean with English subtitles

Runtime: 106 minutes 

To be announced