By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- The Cannes Film Festival on Thursday announced the feature selection for the 2018 competition, including "Burning" by acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong.
This is the third consecutive year that a South Korean film has been chosen to compete in the international film festival, following Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" in 2016 and "Okja" by Bong Joon-ho in 2017.
"Burning," the first film by Lee in eight years, was among the 19 titles chosen for the main competition category for the 71st edition of the festival and announced by festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux.
Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, "Burning" follows a mysterious incident that happens to two young men and a woman in their 20s.
Yoo Ah-in of "Veteran" plays Jong-soo, a part-time parcel deliveryman, while Korean-American Hollywood actor Steven Yeun is as a well-off man. The woman is played by rookie Jeon Jong-seo.
Lee, who was the country's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism from 2003-2004, has a stellar track record as a movie director. He won the Silver Lion at Venice Film Festival in 2002 for "Oasis" and the best screenplay award at Cannes in 2010 for "Poetry." His "Secret Sunshine" earned its lead Jeon Do-yeon the best actress award at Cannes in 2007.
The 64-year-old filmmaker also worked as a jury member for Cannes in 2009 and headed the Cannes Critics' Week jury in 2011.
"Gongjak (The Spy Gone North)" by Yoon Jong-bin will premiere in the out of competition Midnight Screenings category. It stars Hwang Jung-min and Lee Sung-min.
The 71st Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8-19.
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