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Director Lee Chang Dong’s “Burning” has been chosen as the Korean film to be submitted as a contender for the 91st Academy Awards’s “Best Foreign Language Film” category.

On September 8, the Korean Film Commission revealed, “After the judges held heated discussions and mediated differences, they selected ‘Burning’ as the final entry among 10 films.”

In regards to “Burning,” the judges said, “[Among the films, Lee Chang Dong]’s artistic achievements are globally well-known, and it is a film that is worth representing the current state of Korean movies.”

They continued, “We saw that the maturity in aesthetic and ethical views analyzed Korean society in a way that had not been seen before. We thought it had the potential to connect with the universal intelligence of the world’s citizens.”

“Burning,” based on popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” centers around a mysterious relationship between three young characters. The movie unfolds as Jong Soo (played by Yoo Ah In), a part-timer at a distribution company, runs into his childhood friend Hye Mi (Jeon Jong Seo) and is introduced to a strange man named Ben (Steven Yeun). The film was also well-received at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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