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Actor: Steven Yeun

Burning

Burning

Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING (“Beoning”) 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.

Adapted from Haruki Marukami‘s short story “Barn Burning,” BURNING has been selected as South Korea’s contender in the foreign-language category of the Oscars. It premiered in competition earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize (awarded by film critics) and also the Vulcain technical prize for its art direction.

“You won’t be able to get it out of your head.” (Rolling Stone)

Steven Yeun, in his first leading Korean film role, is the perfect antecedent to Yoo and Jeon, two first-timers with a youthful onscreen unguardedness.Steven Yeun, in his first leading Korean film role, is the perfect antecedent to Yoo and Jeon, two first-timers with a youthful onscreen unguardedness. (Vulture)

“The haunting film’s elegant mysteries keep unfolding after the last ashes are swept away.” (Georgia Straight)

Thursday, November 29
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm

Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

Monday, December 3
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm

Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes Ok! Please redeem at the door.

BURNING “Beoning” (Lee Chang-dong, 2018 / 148 mins / 18A / Korean with English subs) Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby…

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius’ career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage… Continue Reading