This year, the JEONJU International Film Festival has launched a new section: World Cinema Documentary. The section introduces remarkable and diverse documentaries from all around the world.
First, alongside the special exhibition for this year’s edition of the JEONJU IFF, “Quay Brothers: Masters of Puppet Animation,” we would like introduce Athanor - The Alchemical Furnace, featuring the life and works of the Czech master of stop motion animation who had a huge impact on the Quay Brothers. Then there are homages to the master filmmakers who have shaped the history of modern cinema. Babenco: Tell Me When I Die depicts the last years of Héctor BABENCO, the renowned Brazilian director of Kiss of the Spider Woman, who passed away in 2016.
In addition, there are films that guide us through the traces of the works and lives of musicians and artists, such as Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint, a documentary about Hilma AF KLINT, a Swedish artist who opened the door to abstract art much earlier than KANDINSKY and MONDRIAN; Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, which shows us the age of rock and roll as remembered by Robbie ROBERTSON, a Canadian musician who joined Bob DYLAN’s backup band and also left his mark in the history of music as the pioneer of country rock; and Lydia Lunch - The War Is Never Over, which showcases the images of Lydia LUNCH, a singer, poet, actor, and writers who was active in the New York’s no wave scene in the late 1970s.
This section also presents documentaries on historical events. Vivos is a film about the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students who were attacked by the police in 2014 during the Mexican Drug War, while The Exit of the Trains brings us to face the Jewish holocaust in Romania, where over 10,000 Jewish people died in 1941. And State Funeral takes us through the three-day funeral of Joseph STALIN, who passed away on March 5, 1953.
Other documentaries featured in this section include Un Film Dramatique, is a four-year record of the growth of students at Dora Maar middle school in Paris filmed by Éric BAUDELAIRE, a filmmaker and artist based in France; Harley Queen, a Chilean documentary of a woman who establishes her own identity; and Space Dogs, a unique documentary that unfurls the lives of abandoned dogs of Moscow from the dogs’ perspective.
Programmer CHUN Jinsu
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