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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Lee Chang-dong’s Burning

2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Lee Chang-dong’s Burning

The former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist makes his movies like he writes his books – Lee Chang-dong‘s films take their time to simmer with eight full years passing since he preemed 2010’s Poetry. His second feature Peppermint Candy was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight of 2000, and 2002’s Oasis preemed at the 2002 Venice Film Festival. Since then he has been to Cannes with three straight Secret Sunshine (2007) winner for Best Actress, Poetry and now, Burning. Steven Yeon, of Bong Joon-ho’s Okja stars as one part of a trio brought together by mysterious incident.

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And just like that, on Day 9 of the fest, Lee Chang-dong pulls ahead of the Palme d’Or pack with eight out of our twenty critics combining for a 3.9 average score for Burning, leapfrogging Cold War. Will this note stick?

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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