JEONJU International Film Festival’s International Competition section is a platform where filmmakers with their own visions and styles vie with each other. Just as other years, we have invited the first or second works of eight emerging filmmakers this year.
The first four are the works of female filmmakers. Moroccan filmmaker Maryam TOUZANI’s feature debut Adam depicts the friendship and compassion between a widowed middle-aged woman and an unwed pregnant mother, as well as their emotional journey to find themselves. Portuguese filmmaker Catarina VASCONCELOS’ feature debut The Metamorphosis of Birds is a hybrid documentary film that boasts of sensuous visual style as it tells an autobiographical story about the relationship between the director herself and her father. Belgium’s Zoé WITTOCK directed Jumbo, her first feature-length film after four shorts. Jumbo tells a fantastic story of Jeanne, the protagonist of the film who started working at a theme park out of her love for the carousel, falling in love with a new ride. Argentina’s Clarisa NAVAS came back with her second feature-length film, One in a Thousand tells a love story between two girls in a ghetto area where is neglected by their country, despite social prejudice and prevalent hatred.
Chinese filmmaker GAO Ming who’d made a feature-length film debut with a documentary returns with a feature film, Damp Season, a story about four men and women set during a season when the humidity level shoots up to over 90 percent causing major discomfort. Japan’s NAKAO Hiromichi also features his first film OBAKE, which is also a making film of the film as well as the filmmaker’s resume detailing his work methods and a unique “film about making a film.” Luis López CARRASCO’s second film The Year of the Discovery is an interesting documentary about the lives of the townspeople at a bar in Cartagena, an industrial city in southern Spain, which suffered a socio-economic crisis after its people burned down the city’s parliament in 1992. Last but not least, Uruguay’s Alex PIPERNO showcases his feature debut Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine, a mysterious story with dreamlike images about transcending the spatial boundaries through hidden doors on a cruise.
From films that offer new perspectives on the relationship between people to the film that depicts the love between a human and an amusement park ride, as well as a film that takes a look at the making of a film, and a documentary about the lives of local communities, this year’s International Competition will draw the audiences into the passionate and unique views of young filmmakers.
Programmer CHUN Jinsu
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