Burning

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:45 pm
  • Friday, January 11, 2019

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents South Korea’s 2019 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film, “Burning,” based on the highly regarded Haruki Murakami short story, “Barn Burning.” Master filmmaker Lee Chang-dong beautifully balances suspense and serenity through cinematic metaphor in this dramatic mystery/thriller. “Burning” is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu, an introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of Haemi, a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben, a wealthy and sophisticated young man Haemi returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions deepen, culminating in a stunning finale. The film tackles the effects of consumerism on the working class and the deep-seated compulsion to control. In Korean and English, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Lee Chang-dong
South Korea • 148 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment

Reviews

"The story has the quality of a mystery thriller — somebody goes missing, somebody else tries to figure out why — one accompanied by the drumbeat of politics. The larger, more agonizing question here, though, involves what it means to live in a divided, profoundly isolating world that relentlessly drives a wedge between the self and others." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"‘Burning’ could be about metaphor, actually — about the way people make things stand in for other things, ideas for ideas, emotions for emotions, until the only way to cut through the abstraction is with obsession, or violence. Previous Lee Chang-dong movies like ‘Poetry’ resist easy synopsis, but this one does taper toward a reckoning in which the rules get broken and the unsaid finally becomes explicit. Indeed, ‘Burning’ may be the sneakiest, most metaphysical horror movie of the year, about a young writer who lives for metaphors until it’s suddenly time to get literal." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
"The story has the quality of a mystery thriller — somebody goes missing, somebody else tries to figure out why — one accompanied by the drumbeat of politics. The larger, more agonizing question here, though, involves what it means to live in a divided, profoundly isolating world that relentlessly drives a wedge between the self and others." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"‘Burning’ could be about metaphor, actually — about the way people make things stand in for other things, ideas for ideas, emotions for emotions, until the only way to cut through the abstraction is with obsession, or violence. Previous Lee Chang-dong movies like ‘Poetry’ resist easy synopsis, but this one does taper toward a reckoning in which the rules get broken and the unsaid finally becomes explicit. Indeed, ‘Burning’ may be the sneakiest, most metaphysical horror movie of the year, about a young writer who lives for metaphors until it’s suddenly time to get literal." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.