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Special Events ArchiveIFFBoston Fall Focus 2018

IFFBoston Fall Focus: Burning

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IFFBoston Fall Focus 2018

Special Premiere Screening!

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.


While jumping from job to job to support himself, Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) runs into Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. The two start to grow fond of each other, and Jong-su wonders if he has found someone he can maybe one day fall in love with. Hae-mi asks Jong-su to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa, but when he goes to pick her up at the airport in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised to see her with another man. Ben (Steven Yeun) claims he “plays” for a living, drives a Porsche, and lives in a fancy apartment. He invites Jong-su and Hae-mi to his posh gatherings, where Jong-su feels out of place but Hae-mi doesn’t seem uncomfortable at all. As Jong-su’s feelings for Hae-mi grow bigger, he feels threatened by Ben and starts to get suspicious about his rival’s motive towards Hae-mi. Then one day, Hae-mi vanishes, her cellphone disconnected, her messy apartment cleaned up, the cat nowhere in sight. Based on the short story Barn Burning by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, BURNING is lyrical, poetic, and mysterious.

—Toronto International Film Festival guide

148 min.

Directed by:
Lee Chang-dong

Yoo Ah-in
Jun Jong-seo
Steven Yeun