Starting from this year, the World Cinema section of JEONJU International Film Festival will have two parts, one for fiction films and the other for documentary films. In the Fiction part of the World Cinema section, we will screen the highest number of films in the entire sections of JEONJU IFF. We hope everyone enjoy the rich diversity and variety of the 25 films, just like we enjoy a huge array of flavors of Korean table d’hôte, a signature of the city of Jeonju.
Oroslan (Yugoslavia) addresses the question of memories and healing, leading us to meditate upon life and death. Blinds (Argentina) is about a 13-year old boy’s journey to growth and healing with his blind father. Malmkrog (Romania) invites us to a landowner’s manor house to join discussion among people who spend Christmas holidays there. In Sound of Metal, we meet a heavy-metal drummer unexpectedly losing his hearing and the challenges he faces and life decisions he has to make. In This is Cristina (Chile), we meet Cristina and Susana, best friends since high school, and how they find the meaning of friendship through turmoil deep in their 30s. Force of Habit by seven Finnish women directors, follows lives of women and discloses the habitual exercise of power against women.
Set in Galicia after the Spanish Civil war, Endless Night follows Galicians suffering from Francoist regime. With lines adapted from Celso FERREIRO’s writing, stage plays, memoirs, and letters, the film has a very theatrical feel. Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes (Chile), inspired by Cesare PAVESE’s poem of the same title, shows the power of love as death creeps in. Isabella (Argentina and France), written and directed by Matías PIÑEIRO, talks about women by making references to Shakespeare’s plays. Bait shows unique cinematic aesthetics. Both Waves and The Climb (USA) tell stories about love and/or friendship. Anne at 13,000 Ft., written and directed by Kazik RADWANSKI (Canada) shows a directorial interpretation reminding of John CASSAVETES. Regarding interesting directorial touch, please also enjoy the unique directing styles of MS Slavic 7 (Canda) and carefully crafted cinematic maximalism of Bacurau (Brazil) and Sundance winner Monos (Colombia) directed by Alejandro Landes.
There are also following outstanding Asian films in the World Cinema Fiction section. Naomi, a screen adaptation of TANIZAKI Jun’ichirō’s novel by the same name, is set in Osaka back in the Expo 70 days. Three other Japanese films, Videophobia, Forgiven Children, and Don’t Forget the Kids will be screened as well. A Trophy On the Sea is a Chinese film about a failed actor who loves fishing. Also will be on screen at the event to meet the audience are: The Cloud in Her Room (Hong Kong and China), Only You Alone (China), Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down (Hong Kong), Wet Season (Singapore and Taiwan), and The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs (India).
Programmer CHUN Jinsu
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