Lies and mysteries take root between three friends in the Lee Chang-dong film “Burning.” The film is being shown at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) this month and will compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or.
Starring Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) and Yoo Ah-in (“Six Flying Dragons,” “Chicago Type Writer”), “Burning” centers on the story of soft-spoken Jong-soo (Yoo). The film is an adaption of author Haruki Murakami‘s “Barn Burning.”
In the trailer, Jong-soo reconnects with his old friend, a beautiful woman named Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo). They appear to become close and romantic, but then Hae-mi returns from a trip with a new friend in tow. He introduces himself as Ben (Steven Yeun). When Jong-soo asks what he does for a living, Ben smiles and replies, “Simply put, I play.”
Playing for Ben seems to involve expensive cars, dance clubs and dating Hae-mi. Tensions begin to build between the trio. A sense of unease grows as the trailer goes on, and it becomes clear that something is not quite right. Jong-soo is frantic, searching for Hae-mi, while shots of Ben’s unnerving smile are spliced throughout.
This film’s gorgeous cinematography and the sense of unrest between the characters look like a recipe for a stunning story. The trailer only gives a taste of the actors’ performances, but it’s certainly enough to leave us hungry for more.