Directed by: Hrant Alianak
Trapped in a life of her own making, an unnamed woman in the depths of despair seeks answers and reconciliation with her life choices as she wanders toward the outskirts of the city she calls home. The questions she poses for herself, and the answers she seeks, are visited upon her in the form of surreal encounters with both very real and very imaginary people. Balancing drama and fantasy to great effect, Hrant Alianak here shows real skill as both a writer and director. As a writer he allows the script to be as much about what isn’t said as what is. As a director he explores and lays bare the inner turmoil of a distraught woman in powerfully visual fashion, making startling use of black and white cinematography. ‘Burning, Burning’ is anchored by a nuanced and affecting lead turn by the wonderful Karyn Dwyer, who shows how the very best actors can say more with a look than most can with dialogue. Meanwhile, memorable performances by an eccentric collection of supporting characters help to explore what it means to live with the choices we make every day of our lives: an emotional reflection we’ll all one day experience.