Three of 2018’s best films at Stockfish!

BURNING

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…

Loosely based on Murakami Haruki’s short story “Barn Burning”, Burning is Chang-dong’s first feature film since Poetry from 2010. The story has been adapted to a South Korean setting and to Chang-dong’s poetic neo-noir film style.

Festivals: Burning has been screened at prestigious film festivals around the world including at Cannes as a part of their Official Competition. Selected as one of Sight & Sound’s best films of 2018.

Reviews: 

“These unnerving periods of dialogue-free exposition approach “Vertigo” in their poetic eeriness, and it’s some of Lee’s best filmmaking to date — as the narrative arrives at the culmination of Murakami’s story, it launches into unknown terrain.”Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“As adaptations go, this one is exceptionally smart.”Tony Rayns, Sight & Sound

CAPERNAUM

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Festivals: Nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for 2019 as well as many others.

Reviews:

“Tackling its issues with heart and intelligence, Labaki’s child-endangerment tale is a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas.”Jay Weissberg,Variety

“In “Capernaum,” the heartache of the underprivileged is on such interminable display that you feel the physical hurt in your bones.”  – Tomris Laffly, rogerebert.com

 

DOGMAN

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Festivals: The film is nominated for the BAFTA awards and Marcello Fonte, who plays the lead role, won best actor at Cannes. The dog won the Palme Dog at Cannes for the canine cast catagory.

Reviews:

“The Italian director nitpicks gangster insecurities with hilarious flair in this tale of a dog-groomer-cum-smalltime coke dealer. Matteo Garrone’s terrific portrait of a criminal dogsbody.” Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

“A brilliant, beguiling comic drama that takes on a tragic hue. Matteo Garrone’s modern day fable is one of the best Italian films of recent times.” Geoffrey Macnab – Independent

 

 

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