09 20 Oct '24
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David Lowery

A Ghost Story

Edition 2022
92' - 2017 - Fantasy, Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Director: David Lowery Composer: Daniel Hart With: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.
The extraordinary A Ghost Story embraces mystery and grief in David Lowery's serene narrative cloaked in long takes and a square aspect ratio. Future and past silently intersect, like the ghost and his lover in this small and precious ghost film.
A man dies and haunts the house he shared with his wife. Yet A Ghost Story is not a horror film, but a precisely constructed and sensitive story with the salutary power of an almost childlike innocence. The story of the ghost becomes that of man. A hushed portrait of love and loss, with admittedly supernatural elements, that transcends the horror genre and gently transforms it into poetry. Rich in atmosphere and suggestion, sparse with action and dialogue. Daniel Hart's melancholic music speaks more than the characters do. David Lowery wrote the screenplay, directed and edited. After his equally delicate breakthrough film Ain't Them Bodies Saint, he again cast Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a couple in the leading roles. Lowery probes deeply into the human soul and his inventiveness is unforgettable: the bed sheet, the little note, the ghost language, the apple pie!
"A Ghost Story is a quietly grand romantic mystery, a metaphysical vision of love that is inseparable from Lowery’s wildly inventive yet controlled way with the very stuff of movies. The film is a jewel-like novella written directly onto the screen in images." - The New Yorker
Daniel David

Creative Partnership

David Lowery and Daniel Hart will tell you exactly how film and music are so intrinsically intertwined in their projects, in their Creative Partnership talk on Friday 21 October during the WSA Film Music Days.

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David Lowery


Daniel Hart


Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.


David Lowery

Director of Photography

Andrew Droz Palermo


David Lowery


Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Adam Donaghey

Production studios

Sailor Bear



More information


Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America




David Lowery
Lullaby (short, 2000), Still (short, 2003), Deadroom (2005), Some analog lines (short, 2006), The Outlaw Son (short, 2007), A Catalog of Anticipations (short, 2008), St. Nick (2009), Boycrazy Promo (short, 2009) Boycrazy in Bed (short, 2009), Boycrazy Gets a Job (short, 2009), Boycrazy Bikini Mishap (short, 2009), Boycrazy at the Drug Store (short, 2009), Pioneer (short, 2011), My Daily Routine (short, 2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Until We Could (short, 2014), Pete's Dragon (2016), A Ghost Story (2017), The Old Man & The Gun (2018), The Green Knight (2021)

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