Celine Song’s Past Lives, starring Greta Lee and Yoo Teo, received applause at the Berlin International Film Festival on the 19th (local time).
Past Lives centers around Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, who are wrested apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. And 20 years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.
William Stottor gave a five star and wrote, “Past Lives expertly chronicles three distinct but interconnected timeframes, capturing the immigrant experience, the shifting of time, and the inescapable solidity of love with a soulful texture and rare maturity,” and continued, “Song vividly weaves a complex tapestry of ideas and reflections on fate, immigration, identity, and human connection.”
Yoo Teo also expressed his joy about getting invited to the Berlinale. “Firstly, I was just thrilled to be invited to the Sundance Film Festival, but I am just honored that Past Lives got nominated at the Berlin Film Festival and that many officials and fans loved our movie,” he shared. “I am a Korean actor, but I was born in Germany, and my parents live in Germany. My parents came to the premiere, and we watched the movie together.”
“For two days, I felt that K-content and Korean actors are receiving a lot of attention in international film festivals,” he went on. “I had such a happy time, seeing the cheering fans not only from Germany but also from many other countries cheering for me on the red carpet and asking me for my autograph.”