Nine-day fest will close with 'Me 4'

HONG KONG — The Jeonju International Film Festival will open on May 1 with “The Kiss,” by Japanese helmer Manda Kunitoshi and wrap nine days later with world preem of anthology “If You Were Me 4.”

Between those dates the renamed int’l competition will include Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Buddha Collapsed out of Shame” and Lance Hammer’s “Ballast” and Ramin Bahrani’s “Chop Shop,” both from the U.S.

At a press conference held simultaneously in the Jeonju resort and in Seoul, Korea’s number two fest unveiled a program that stretches to 195 movies (120 feature films and 75 shorts) from 40 counties.

Aside from the competition, films are arranged across sections that include: Cinemascape, Korean Cinema, Stranger than Cinema, a retrospective dedicated to Bela Tarr, Cinema Palace, Midnight Obsession, outdoor screenings and discoveries of Central Asian cinema and Vietnamese cinema.

As previously announced, Jeonju will continue its tradition of commissioning a three-part digital work by major international directors. This year’s project will be helmed by African directors Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), and Nacer Khemir (Tunisia). JIFF’s annual omnibus films have received wide festival play in past years, with 2007’s project “Memories” picking up a Jury Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Competition selection of 9th Jeonju International Film Festival

“Ballast” Lance Hammer (U.S.)

“Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame” Hana Makhmalbaf (Iran)

“Captain Ahab” Philippe Ramos (France, Sweden)

“Chop Shop” Ramin Bahrani (U.S.)

“Cochochi” Laura Cardenas and Israel Cardenas (Mexico)

“Continental, a Film Without Guns” Stephane Lafleur (Canada)

“My Last Secret” Li Xiaofeng and Jia Kai (China)

“The Sky, the Earth and the Rain” Jose Luis Torres Leiva (Chile)

“The Stolen Man” Matias Pineiro (Argentina)

“Strizh” Abay Kulbayev (Kazakhstan)

“Tricks” Andrzey Jakimowski (Poland)

“Years When I was a Child Outside” John Torres (Philippines)

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