Country: Republic of Korea
Original Title: 버닝
Running Time: 148min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Marimbas Award
A chance encounter morphs into a mystery in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, a slow-burn examination of anger and obsession where everything is questioned and little is answered.
When Jongsu reconnects with childhood friend Haemi, it seems like things are finally looking up for him. But just as quickly as she enters his life, she leaves for a vacation to Africa. When she returns, she’s accompanied by a mysterious man named Ben, who’s confident, charismatic and wealthy — everything the hapless Jongsu isn’t. Then, things take a turn for the strange when Ben confesses a dark secret hobby, one that Jongsu can’t ignore…
With Burning, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong has crafted a mesmerizing narrative about what happens when class conflict and toxic masculinity fuse together. A cinematic puzzle that film aficionados have been utterly transfixed by, Burning became the highest rated film ever on Screen International’s Cannes critics grid, marking it as one of the most enthusiastically loved films of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Producer: Lee Joon-dong, Lee Chang-dong
Screenwriter: Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong
Executive Producer: Lee Joon-dong
Production Company: Pinehouse Film, Nowfilm, NHK Film
Cinematographer: Hong Kyung-pyo
Editor: Kim Hyun, Kim Da-won