Korean Films “Burning” And “The Spy Gone North” Invited To 71st Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival has announced its official film selection for 2018, with two Korean films on the list!

Director Lee Chang Dong’s film “Burning” has been invited to the festival in the competitive category, while director Yoon Jong Bin’s “The Spy Gone North” has been invited in a non-competitive category to be shown at a midnight screening.

“Burning” stars Yoo Ah In, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong Seo, and is based on Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning.” It is Lee Chang Dong’s first film since “Poetry” in 2010, which was also invited to the Cannes Film Festival. A trailer was recently released for “Burning” ahead of its May premiere.

“The Spy Gone North” features a cast including Hwang Jung Min, Lee Sung Min, Jo Jin Woong, and Joo Ji Hoon. It is a thriller set in the 1990s about a South Korean spy who infilitrates North Korea to find the truth about the country’s nuclear program. This is the second time that a film by Yoon Jong Bin has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, following “The Unforgiven” in 2006.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8 to May 19.

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