Burning Movie

The mysteries in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning frustrate, but with purpose. Loosely based on the Haruki Murakami’s 1983 Japanese short Barn Burning, part of his The Elephant Vanishes collection — the English translation by Philip Gabriel appeared in The New Yorker in ’92 — South Korea’s Oscar hopeful is a winding trail about the stories that men tell themselves about women and other men, and how these tales are exacerbated by our inertia. The film is as intriguing as it is exciting, centering on a shackled author who — uniquely as far as this archetype is concerned — feels nothing like a self-insert of his adept creators. Hesitantly and perhaps unwittingly, he drags us along for a journey about what happens when a man no longer gets to define his own narrative, and the narratives around him.

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burning trailer

Lee Chang-dong‘s Burning is cutting a hot streak through the film festival circuit this year, winning acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with buzz only building through Telluride, TIFF, and more. Now, the official Burning trailer has been released for the film that could finally get South Korea its long-awaited Oscar nomination.

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Burning Review

Lee Chang-dong‘s Burning moves at a pace all its own, telling a tale of mystery and obsession with no easy answers. Hypnotic, haunting, and featuring an incredible performance from Steven YuenBurning is one of the year’s best movies. 

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Outlaw King TIFF

The opening and closing night films at TIFF have been announced. David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine, will open the fest, while Justin Kelly, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, will close. More info on these titles, and what else to look forward to at TIFF below.

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burning trailer

The hottest movie at Cannes has a very appropriate title: Burning.

South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong made a huge splash at the French film festival this week with what critics are hailing as the best film to screen at Cannes. Burning stars Korean star Yoo Ah In as well as The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun in a eerily sinister performance that is sure to earn him awards buzz once the movie hits Stateside. But while we wait for the acclaimed thriller to finish making the festival rounds, check out the Burning trailer below.

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