Burning in Cannes 2018
'Burning', the latest release by Korean director Lee Chang-dong has soared to the top of Screen's Cannes 2018 jury grid,.... becoming the highest-scoring film in the grid's history.
There's rising buzz the movie could become the first Korean picture to ever win the Palme d'Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
Seo Bo-bin reports.
Lee Chang-dong's film received an average of three-point-eight from the Screen's jury of ten critics,... surpassing the three-point-seven achieved by Maren Ade's 2016 comedy drama 'Toni Erdmann'.
Out of the ten critics, eight gave 'Burning' a perfect four stars, with the other two handed it a high three.
'Burning' is the only Korean film to ever vie for the Palme d'Or, competing with 19 others in the top category at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The mystery drama depicts the desires, helplessness and anger felt by the younger generation, and stars Yoo Ah-in , Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo.
The movie is based on Japanese author Haruki Murakami's short story 'Barn Burning', with the setting changed from Japan to Korea.
Lee Chang-dong remains true to the original story in the first half of the two-and-a-half hour film,... but strays from the source material later to embrace more genre elements as well.
'Burning,' Lee's sixth feature, had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night.
It went on general release in Korea on Thursday.