Burning - Borderlines Film Festival

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Lee Chang-dongs follow-up toPoetryis a sublime mystery thriller of obsessive love, adapted from Haruki Murakamis short storyBarn Burning. An isolated young man, Jong-soo has a menial job in Seoul and dreams of becoming a writer, when he is accostedby Hae-mi, who claims to remember him from their shared village childhood. They begin a relationship, but when she returns from a trip accompanied by the wealthy, urbane Ben, Jong-soo is puzzled and confused. Chang-dong fleshes out Murakamis slender short story to create a mysterious world of immense power that this epic, slow-burning film hooks us into, alongside its main character.FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2018Director: Lee Chang-dongStarring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo South Korea, 2018Run Time: 2 hours 28 minutes

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