Thursday, March 14, 2019

1987: When the Day Comes, Burning (버닝) at Pitt for annual Korean Film Festival, starting March 22.



The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will present two Korean films for its 16th annual Korean Film Festival: 1987: When the Day Comes on March 22 and Burning (버닝) on March 29.

The distributor summarizes 1987:
In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.
And the official site summarizes Burning:
BURNING is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun, THE WALKING DEAD, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
Both movies will be shown in 332 Cathedral of Learning from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and are free and open to the public.