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'Burning' wins best foreign film award from French critics

Yonhap News logo Yonhap News 11/1/2019
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SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean film "Burning" won the Best Foreign Language Film Award from the French Union of Film Critics, its producer said Friday.

The movie by director Lee Chang-dong competed with other films, including "Manbiki Kazoku," "First Man," "The Guilty," "Isle of Dogs" and "Phantom Thread," for the French award, according to Pine House Film.

"Burning" was invited to the Cannes Film Festival in May last year and won the best foreign film awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Toronto Film Critics Association.

A promotional image for the film "Burning" provided by CGV Arthouse (Yonhap) © 제공: Yonhap News Agency (Korea) A promotional image for the film "Burning" provided by CGV Arthouse (Yonhap)

In addition, "Burning" has become the first South Korean film to be shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy award finalists will be announced on Jan. 22 in the United States.

Lee's first feature in eight years, "Burning," starring Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun and Jeon Jong-seo, depicts the insecurity, helplessness and anger of young Korean people through the story of a part-time deliveryman and aspiring novelist, and two of his friends.

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