Burning Secret

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Burning Secret
Burning secret post.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Birkin
Produced by Carol Lynn Greene
Written by Stefan Zweig
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer
Faye Dunaway
David Eberts
Ian Richardson
John Nettleton
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Ernest Day
Edited by Paul Green
Distributed by Vestron Pictures Ltd.
Release date
22 December 1988
Running time
106 min
Country  United Kingdom
 West Germany
Language English
Box office 172,000 (Germany)

Burning Secret is a 1988 drama film, based on the short story Brennendes Geheimnis by Stefan Zweig, about an American diplomat's son who befriends a mysterious baron while staying at an Austrian spa during the 1920s. This symbol-filled story, filmed with sensuous detail and nuance, is set in Austria in the 1920s. While being treated for asthma at a country spa, an American diplomat's lonely 12-year-old son is befriended and infatuated by a suave, mysterious baron. During a story of his war experiences, the baron reveals the scar of a wound from an American soldier and thrusts a pin through it, saying "see—no feeling." Little does the boy realize that it is his turn to be wounded. But soon his adored friend heartlessly brushes him aside and turns his seductive attentions to his mother. The boy's jealousy and feelings of betrayal become uncontrollable.

The film was written and directed by Andrew Birkin, and stars Klaus Maria Brandauer, Faye Dunaway, and David Eberts. The film won the Young Jury Prize at the Brussels Film Festival in 1989, and David Eberts won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in the same year.

Lions Gate Home Entertainment has yet to release the film onto DVD.

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