Korea’s Jeonju sets fest slate

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SEOUL — The Jeonju Film Festival, South Korea’s second major fest after Pusan, has unveiled the program for its seventh edition, running April 27-May 5.

Featuring 194 films, the event spotlights independent and digital films, with one competitive section devoted to each. U.S. critic Jonathan Rosenbaum will head the jury in the Indie Vision section for films by first- and second-time directors.

Jafar Panahi’s Berlin entry has been selected as the opening film, while Kim Young-nam’s Korean-Japanese co-prod “Don’t Look Back,” about three young people who see their lives turned upside-down, will close the event.

JIFF also has continued its tradition of commissioning and premiering a digital omnibus work by three filmmakers, with Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang (“Last Life in the Universe”), Singaporean director Eric Khoo (“Be With Me”) and Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev (“The Road”) each contributing a 30-minute film.

“Looking ahead to the future, we hope to continue as an event that nurtures independent film and acts as a venue for discovering new filmmakers,” said programmer Jung Soo-wan.

Although never as business-minded as its sibling festival Pusan, this year JIFF will increase the number of its international arthouse works screened for Korean buyers.

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