Lee Chang-dong’s “BURNING“, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, has been selected as South Korea’s Official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film features Korean-American actor Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU) in his first starring role in a Korean film.
“BURNING” is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Korean star Yoo Ah-In), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jeon Jong-seo), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
“BURNING” is the third of Lee’s features to be South Korea’s Official Oscar entry, following 2002’s OASIS and 2007’s SECRET SUNSHINE, winner of the Best Actress Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Lee’s critically-acclaimed fourth feature POETRY was awarded the Best Screenplay prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the 2011 Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association’s Best Actress prize for Yun Jeong-hei. Despite 29 submissions and a thriving domestic industry with a large international presence, South Korea has never seen one of its entries nominated, or even shortlisted, for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film will be shown at The Malco Ridgeway on January 10th at 7:00 PM as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. BURNING will also screen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest 2018 and the 2018 New York Film Festival. Well Go USA holds domestic distribution rights to BURNING, and will release the film theatrically in New York on October 26.
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