South Korea / 2021 / 82' / Documentary
/ Italian premiere
Seonnyu, a lady in her mid 70s, is learning how to read and write for the first time. She never left her home town in the mountains and have been raising cows for her whole life. Seonnyu only began studying Korean to follow her husband's will, but Korean is not the only thing she's learning. She's also learning life.
Born in Seoul, he began studying acting but abandoned it for filmmaking, and began a media career in broadcasting. His works include the series HUMAN DRAMA and the documentary feature CAPTAIN KANG.
PREMIO MUSEO USI E COSTUMI DELLA GENTE TRENTINA
An elderly but still energetic dairy farmer abandons the trade to which she has dedicated her life, learns to read and write, and constructs and moves to a new, modern house. She takes with her pieces from her past, selected with disenchanted lucidity. However, she refuses to go down to the city, to her children’s homes, despite their urging, and will not abandon the high lands. Thus Burning Flower represents the perfect metaphor for mountains that cannot maintain or recover their traditional role and must find a way of constructing and affirming their identity, compared to a powerful, pervasive and seductive urban model.