If you have seen Kogonada‘s video essays or his feature directorial debut Columbus in 2017, then you will know that he has a knack for visual storytelling that squeezes emotion out of you in the gentlest way possible. His second feature, After Yang continues to showcase his talent with a grounded sci-fi tale about family, loss and grieving.

We had the chance to talk to the director about adapting Alexander Weinstein’s short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” into a full feature film, the grieving process, and creating a non-dystopian humble future through the lens of a mixed race family.

Watch the interview below.

A24’s After Yang stars Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Haley Lu Richardson, Sarita Choudhury, and Clifton Collins Jr. The official synopsis: When his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, Jake (Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, he discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Turner-Smith) and daughter across a distance he didn’t know was there.

After Yang debuts in theaters and on Showtime on March 4.

Video edited by Andrew Merrill