Past Lives (12A)

Fri 8 - Thu 21 September

USA | 2023 | 106’ | 12a | Celine Song | English and Korean with English subtitles | Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro 

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Twelve years later, Nora, now a playwriting student in New York, reconnects with Hae Sung online; they begin talking frequently, and even imagine a reunion. But another dozen years pass before they finally meet over a few fateful days in New York. An aching, deeply romantic debut feature from playwright Celine Song, with spellbinding performances from the three leads, this is a love story told across three moments in time, exploring the Korean notion of ‘In Yun’, how our fate is driven by our connections in previous incarnations.  


Reclaim the Frame are hosting an event on Sunday 10 September for the 1.40pm screening + introduction, followed by a writing workshop with Sophie Buchaillard from 3.30pm. 

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Sophie Buchaillard is a local Franco-British author based in South Wales and a Hay Festival Writer at Work, whose debut novel This is Not Who We Are (Seren Books), was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2023. She takes inspiration from the idea of travel as culture and her own experience of living between cultures. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a wide array of literary magazines and newspapers. Sophie also contributed to the travel writing collection edited by Steven Lovatt An Open Door: New Travel Writing for A Precarious Century (Parthian, 2022) and the Square Wheel Press collection Together and Apart (2021). Her second novel, Assimilation (Honno) will be out in February 2024.

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Sophie is passionate about empowering others to write. A Teaching Associate at Cardiff University, Sophie also teaches creative writing in a variety of community settings. Follow her on Instagram and X @growriter and find out more


Daytime (until 5pm): £7 / £5 concessions

Evening (5pm onward): £8 / £6 concessions

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