‘Burning’ earns Oscar nominationKorean auteur Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” has landed on the Oscars’ shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first Korean movie to get an Oscar nomination.
A total of 87 countries submitted entries for the upcoming Oscars, and the foreign-language committee selected nine to vie for the prestigious film award at the ceremony scheduled to take place on Feb. 25.
The other movies that made it onto the shortlist are Cannes Best Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” (Poland), Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters” (Japan) and Cannes Jury Prize winner “Capernaum” (Lebanon).
Starring Yoo Ah-in and Steven Yeun, “Burning” is based off a cryptic short story by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The film tells the story of the frustration and incompetence felt by a struggling young delivery man (Yoo) who dreams of becoming a novelist.
The movie won Best Foreign Language Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Fipresci Prize, awarded by film critics, at Cannes.
By Jin Min-ji