South Korean film fest unveils slate

SEOUL — Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, a Separation,” which won the the Golden Bear for film at Berlin in February, will open the 12th edition of South Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival on April 28.

The nine-day fest will screen 190 films from 38 countries, including 27 world premiers.

Twelve films by debut directors unspool in its international competition, including U.S. helmer Lee Anne Schmit’s “The Last Buffalo Hunt” and Korean helmer Kim Kyung-man’s “An Escalator in World Order.”

Ten films vie in the Korean feature competition including helmer Park Chan-kyung’s “Anyang, Paradise City,”

which was invited to this year’s Rotterdam fest.

Fest will highlight Portuguese and Spanish cinema, unspooling 11 films from Portugal, including special screenings of films by husband and wife directing team Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro.

The Spanish tribute includes a retrospective on director Jose Luis Guerín, while “Father” by Jose Maria de Orbe, and “Caracremada” by Lluis Galte will play in the international competition.

In the special programs section, fest will host a retrospective of Filipino helmer Kidlat Tahimik’s pics; a program on Mexican Nicolas Pereda, whose “Summer of Goliath” won the top award at the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section last fall; and a special on Korean helmer Lee Myung-se.

Fest will wrap with a screening of the winning film in the Korean feature competition.

International Competition Films

“Autumn,” Aamir Bashi (Iran)

“Household X,” Yoshida Kohki (Japan)

“Rivers and My Father,” Li Lu (China/Canada)

“Black Blood,” Zhang Miaoyan (China/France)

“The Last Buffalo Hunt,” Lee Anne Schmit (U.S.)

“An Escalator in World Order,” Kim Kyung-man (Korea)

“Father,” Jose Maria de Orbe (Spain)

“The Dream of Eleuteria,” Remton Siega Zuasol (Philippines)

“Jean Gentil,” Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzma (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany)

“The Fatherless,” Marie Kreutze (Austria)

“Familiar Grounds,” Stephane Lafleu (Canada)

“Caracremada,” Lluis Galte (Spain)

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