Destiny Comes to You: Celine Song on Past Lives | Interviews

The New York bar location is so central to the story. You open with it and never fairly shut with it. It is such a heat, amber-colored house. I would like to know what you had been in search of and the way you discovered that exact house.

It’s known as Vacation Cocktail Lounge, which is within the East Village. We had been in search of one thing that’s type of ineffable, which has the texture of an area bar. The type of place that you’d take your buddy to once they’re on the town, but additionally needed to really feel actually particular as a result of a extremely particular dialog has to occur. It’s a few factor that you just can’t fairly describe, which is type of like the connection that Hae Sung and Nora have with one another. It has to really feel completely mundane, just like the type of bar you’ll simply stroll into, however, just like the film, it has to really feel particular, and it has to include the entire film too. That’s one thing that you just solely know by seeing it. 

On the Q&A final night time, you talked about “My Dinner With Andre,” which is such a tremendous movie. Did you’ve the forged watch it whilst you had been prepping these conversations?

I requested all my division heads to observe “My Dinner With Andre,” and I feel I did suggest the actors watch it as nicely. What I like about that film, it is so humorous since you do not actually assume that you just’re watching something that’s so dramatic or so vital till you are deep in it. Then you definitely’re abruptly like, “How can we get right here? How did this dialog get right here?” 

That is the sensation that I wanted that entire dialog to be as a result of it is the penultimate scene. So it additionally needed to be put collectively that approach. I put the scene collectively that approach in order that once we lower into every shot, it has to really feel slightly bit such as you’re type of slipping into it with out even absolutely realizing it. 

I like that once they’re speaking about Arthur, you don’t lower to him, however once they’re speaking about one thing apart from Arthur, you chop to him listening. 

I feel it’s a must to really feel related to that character, to Arthur, as a result of him being at that bar is what makes this film distinctive. That Nora and Hae Sung are capable of have this dialog due to and despite him sitting there. I knew that there wanted to be a second the place he is a little bit of a touchstone, the place we are able to simply see the second in it, and that was the precise second for it. The dialog is being spoken in Korean, a language that Arthur doesn’t perceive, so there may be worry, and there may be vulnerability. There’s the insecurity that’s going by his head.