“Burning”, a film by South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, is last night by the Union of Belgian Filmpers (UBFP) awarded as the best film of 2018. The human good-the price of the UBFP went to “Capharnaüm”, from the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. UBFP collects a hundred or so Belgian film critics and journalists.
The organization praised “Burning” as a drama that “themes such as class struggle, and forced jealousy examines, with a flamboyant director in the service of an unpredictable thriller, of a rare cruelty. The film is also a virulent criticism of an apathetic youth”. “Burning” out of “Cold War” (Pawel Pawlikowski), “Phantom Thread” (Paul Thomas Anderson), “Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh).
The Humanumprijs, for a film which advocates a coexistence in harmony between different people, is for “Capharnaüm”. “A deeply humanizing film”, according to the jury. “The director casts a raw and almost documentary look at people who are looking for a better world, although they do not have any hope in their daily lives.”