South Korean event to open with 'Short! Short!'

SEOUL — South Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival will open on April 30 with “Short! Short! Short! 2009,” an omnibus film about money with segments directed by 10 young Korean filmmakers.

The fest will wrap May 8 with “Machan,” helmed by Sri Lankan Uberto Pasolini, who produced U.K. hit “The Full Monty” in 1997.

The event’s 10th anniversary program comprises 147 features and 53 shorts from 40 countries.

Thirteen films are in competition, including Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl” from the U.S.

Films by internationally renowned directors appear in the Cinemascape section, including Manoel de Oliveira’s “Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl” and Lucrecia Martel’s “The Headless Woman.”

Jeonju traditionally offers a three-part digital project by leading international directors; Korea’s Hong Sang-soo (“Lost in the Mountains”), Japan’s Kawase Naomi (“Koma”) and the Philippines’ Lav Diaz (“Butterflies Have No Memories”) have contributed to this year’s work.

The fest will also spotlight films from Southeast Asia and present special screening programs devoted to new directors discovered by the fest, fest winners and audience choice pics.

These are the film in competition at the ninth Jeonju Film Festival:

“Agrarian Utopia,” Uruphong Raksasad (Thailand)

“The Bastards,” Amat Escalante (Mexico, France, U.S.)

“City of the World,” Christian Klandt (Germany)

“The Exploding Girl,” Bradley Rust Gray (U.S.)

“The Happiest Girl in the World,” Radu Jude (Romania, Netherlands)

“Imburnal,” Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Philippines)

“Inland,” Tariq Teguia (Algeria, France)

“Mid-August Lunch,” Gianni Di Gregorio (Italy)

“North,” Rune Denstad Langlo (Norway)

“A North Chinese Girl,” Zou Peng (China)

“The One Man Village,” Simon El Habre (Lebanon)

“Rain,” Paula Hernandez (Argentina)

“Tokyo Rendezvous,” Ikeda Chihiro (Japan). —

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