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Tuesday, 12. 02. 2019 / 17:00 / Main Hall

Early Bird: Festival at Five

Beoning Beoning

Lee Chang-dong / South Korea, Japan / 2018 / 148 min / Korean


Tuesday, 12. 02. 2019 / 17:00 / Main Hall

Early Bird: Festival at Five

A screen adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami, Burning is director Lee-Chang dong’s tribute to the literary legacy of William Faulkner and one of this year’s most critically lauded films.


Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man, the sophisticated and suave Ben, whom she met during her trip. Ben drives around in his Porsche and strongly resembles Jay Gatsby. It’s evident that Jongsu is suffering because Haemi is not about to jettison her big-bucks boyfriend for him, just as it’s clear that the ever-passive Jongsu’s jealousy is slowly coming to a boil.

"When I was first recommended this short story, I was a bit taken aback. Because the story felt mysterious, but nothing really happens in it. But /.../ there was something very cinematic about that mysteriousness. /.../ The gaping holes in the chain of events – the missing piece from which we can never know the truth – allude to the mysterious world we live in now; the world in which we sense that something is wrong but cannot quite put a finger on what the problem is." (Lee Chang-dong)

Lee Chang-dong
Born in 1954 in Daegu, South Korea. Author and film director, and between 2003 and 2004 also Korean Minister of Culture and Tourism. He embarked on his film career as scriptwriter and assistant director for To the Starry Island (Park Kwang-su, 1993). He made his feature debut, Green Fish, in 1996. His films have won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals.

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