Korean-Canadian's Movie Debut Nominated for 5 Golden Globes

  • By Baik Su-jin

    December 13, 2023 13:29

    Korean-Canadian director Celine Song's "Past Lives" has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards. 
    The film is in the running for best motion picture (drama), best director, best screenplay, best foreign language film and best actress in a motion picture (drama).
    The Golden Globes are considered a barometer for the Oscars.
    The romantic drama is Song's directorial debut. The daughter of Korean filmmaker Song Neung-han, she moved from Korea to Canada when she was 12 and studied psychology at Queen's University in Ontario before working as a playwright in New York -- just like the main character of her film.
    Director Celine Song (2nd from left) poses with the cast of "Past Lives" at the Berlin International Film Festival, in this file photo from February. From left, Teo Yoo, Song, Greta Lee and John Magaro. /AFP-Yonhap
    She wrote the script based on the experience of meeting a childhood friend in New York. "As I was translating between [my husband and my childhood sweetheart] in language and culture, I felt like I was translating between two parts of my own self," she said. 
    Co-financed and distributed by CJ ENM and U.S. film studio A24, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year and was invited to the Berlin International Film Festival in February. It also won best film at the Gotham Awards and best first film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards last month.
    It was released in the U.S. in June and is set for release in Korea in March next year. 
    The Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast on Jan. 7.  
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