The masters introduced in JEONJU IFF this year are remarkably diverse. There are films that transcend time, very old films even after the death of the most noteworthy director in this period.
Bold American director Abel FERRARA produced two films in the past year. Siberia is a story of a man working at a quiet bar in a mountain covered with snow. He sometimes falls into a state of limbo that may be a fantasy. The metaphysical and pure fantasy images stand out in the film. Tommaso captures the life of an American director staying in Rome. The director, who was living a happy simple life, loses his composure when he sees his wife have an affair whether true or an illusion. Both films feature FERRARA’s alter ego Willem DAFOE as the leading role.
THE TANGO OF THE WINDOWER and its distorting mirror is a new film by Chilean master Raul RUIZ, who died in 2011. The film, which started filming in 1967, remained unfinished, but thanks to the hard work by his wife and editor Valeria SARMIENTO, it finally sees light in 50 years. Borrowing its title and spirit of Pablo NERUDA’s poem, the film depicts a man suffering from the ghost of his wife who committed suicide. There is also A Grin without a Cat, 1977 film by French director Chris MARKER, who opened a new dimension in documentary. This version was digitally remastered for the 99th anniversary of his birth. Documenting the political struggles in Europe and South America in the 1960s and 1970s, this film shows the birth of the New Left in a personal essay from.
Japanese director SUWA Nobuhiro proves that the film can function as a ceremony through his new film Voices in the Wind. It is a story that connects the wounds of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 with the wounds of the Hiroshima atomic bomb and the sense of loss of the Kurds. This road movie, which follows Haru’s journey to her hometown, is a coming-of-age story of a young girl and a kind of ritual in honor of the earthquake victims. In particular, the long take towards the end of the film where Haru speaks into ‘the wind phone’ to communicate with the deceased is the highlight of the ceremony.
Medium by Argentine master Edgardo COZARINSKY is a unique documentary about 93-year-old pianist Margarita FERNANDEZ. Wilcox by Canadian director Denis CÔTÉ is a feature film that tells the story of a quiet vagabond out of social norms using radical cinematic grammar. I Never Climbed the Provincia by Chilean director Ignacio AGÜERO is a documentary that questions about the rapid changes in the external environment and the unchanging values of life. Danses Macabres, Skeletons And Other Fantasies directed by Pierre LÉON, Rita AZEVEDO GOMES, and Jean Louis SCHEFER is a documentary filmed while traveling around Europe based on the hypothesis of writer and philosopher Jean Louis SCHEFER’s hypothesis of “Danse Macabre,” which started to become popular during the Black Death, staged the invention of modern Europe in the 15th century.
Programmer MOON Seok
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