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BURNING Set to Ignite North America
Jul 10, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Well Go to Release Latest LEE Chang-dong in October
Distributor Well Go USA has secured the North American rights to LEE Chang-dong’s latest critically-acclaimed work BURNING. Following its debut in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and its domestic release in May, the film will bow in New York on October 26 before rolling out across the continent throughout November.
Director LEE’s first film in eight years since the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Award winner Poetry (2010), BURNING is based on the short story ‘Barn Burning’ by renowned Japanese author MURAKAMI Haruki. The film features YOO Ah-in (Veteran, 2015) and The Walking Dead star Steven YEUN as well as newcomer JUN Jong-seo, all of whom worked with the cineaste for the first time.
YOO Ah-in plays a poor aspiring writer who by chance reconnects which an acquaintance (JUN Jong-seo) from his childhood, but when she leaves on a sudden trip and returns with another man, the affluent Ben (Steven YEUN), his world is thrown into disarray. The film earned both the FIPRESCI Prize and the Vulcan Award for the Technical Artist in Cannes.
“BURNING is exactly the kind of film we’re always looking out for - it is auteur filmmaking at its finest,” related Dylan Marchetti of Well Go. He added that “Well Go has a rich history of bringing the best films from Asia to North American audiences, and like we did with The Assassin, THE WAILING (2016), and so many more, we can’t wait to help get diverse audiences into a dark room to take this powerful journey together.”