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Israeli producers launch video for Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel

Grammy-nominated Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia use groundbreaking faux imagery in duetting singers’ ‘Past Life’ clip

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Israeli producers Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia give viewers an escape route from stay-at-home coronavirus measures with their latest trip-fest music video, “Past Life,” featuring Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel.

The music video, released Tuesday, opens with a fake Instagram Live chat between the two pop stars, as Gomez and Daniel sing Trevor’s song from their bedrooms, the now-familiar setting for coronavirus performances of all kinds.

“Past Life” is the second single from Daniel’s debut album, “Nicotine,” which he released in March.

For the Gomez-Daniel duet, Heymann and Muggia take viewers on an other-worldly trip, perhaps inspired by all the places one can’t travel to during the stay-at-home measures to combat the coronavirus.

When the faux Instagram Live chat freezes Gomez’s face in place, the camera zooms in on her cheek, which transforms into a verdant valley, taking viewers on a tour of nature, albeit through the plains of Gomez’s and Daniel’s facial features.

The pop stars’ pores, chins, freckles, eyes, ears, teeth and eyelashes turn into flower-filled canyons, tree-line valleys, snowy mountaintops and sweeping rivers.

It’s a sightseeing tour of their past life.

from left: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia, and Natan Schottenfels arrive at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

For Jerusalem-raised and Bezalal Academy-educated Heymann and his partner Muggia, it’s another notch in their long list of groundbreaking music video work, which has included pieces for Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tove Lo, and a Grammy nomination.

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