Burning 버닝

Based on a story by Haruki Murakami, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three brilliant performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession.

While working as a courier in Seoul, aspiring young writer Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) encounters the lively Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. The two spend the day together, and when Hae-mi asks him to feed her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa, Jong-su is convinced of a burgeoning romantic relationship. But on her return, when he arrives at the airport to collect her in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised and confused to find Hae-mi accompanied by the handsome, Gatsby-esque Ben (a superbly enigmatic Steven Yeun, OkjaThe Walking Dead). The three begin an awkward friendship, with Jong-su’s feelings for Hae-mi growing ever stronger, even if it’s apparent she has fallen under the spell of his rich and mysterious rival’s charms.

Suddenly, after Ben makes a strange confession, Jong-su is led to question his motivations and he sets off on an increasingly desperate search to uncover the truth, even if the line between reality and imagination begins to blur.

Anchored by a peerless cast, exquisite pacing and a pulsating original score by Mowg, Lee’s masterful film creates a tantalising mood of uncertainty and complexity, with the story’s themes of class, family, rage and lust rising feverishly to the surface. Teasing and noirish, BURNING is an impossible-to-forget big screen experience, and the best film yet from one of world cinema’s most internationally celebrated auteurs

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“★★★★★ “Elegant and mesmerising. We are encouraged to both construct our own conclusions and to dismantle them at the same time. It’s chilling and brilliant.” Wendy Ide, THE OBSERVER “A triumph! A quietly riveting stunner. Morphs with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller. The story’s slow-building pleasures are less about the haunting final destination than the subtle, razor-sharp microcurrents of class rage, family-inherited pain, everyday ennui and youthful despair that build in scene after scene. This is the most absorbing movie I’ve seen this year, as well as the most layered and enigmatic.” ”


“★★★★★ “A daring study of class conflict and sexual longing that blazes with mystery.””


““Brilliant! Desire, ravenous and ineffable, shudders through Burning. The story has the quality of a mystery thriller, one accompanied by the drumbeat of politics. All three leads are sensational.””

Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Add to Calendar 9:30pm,
Saturday 26 October
Deckchair Cinema

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Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Thursday 31 October
Deckchair Cinema

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Lee Chang-dong



Running Time

148 minutes


Country of Origin

South Korea


Korean with English Subtitles