Burning
aka Beoning
First screened in September 2018
Director: Lee Chang-dong. Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun, Choi Seung-ho, Ban Hye-ra, Mun Seong-kun, Cha Mi-Kyung, Lee Bong-ryeon, Min Bok-gi, Lee Soo-jeong. Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong and Oh Jungmi (based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami).

Twitter Capsule: Rural-inchoate man circles city-slick man, in elliptical pursuit of female will-o'-the-wisp. Engrossing but suspicious.

VOR:   Adapting Murakami is always tough, especially with a tale this elliptical. Lee builds story in unique ways but several stops on this tour feel familiar.



Photo © 2018 Sony Pictures Classics/Mooz Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B


Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize; Vulcain Prize (Shin Jum-hee, art direction)

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