SEOUL — The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second biggest festival, will open with the Asian premiere screening of “Partisan,” the Australian feature by Ariel Kleiman which previously showed at Sundance.
The festival, which will run 30 April until 9 May, today announced a line-up that spans 158 independent and experimental features and 42 shorts from 47 countries. Its ten film competition section will be judged by a jury that includes Austrian director Jessica Hausner (“Lourdes”), Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu (“Gyeongju”), Korean actress Moon So-ri (“Hill of Freedom”) and Greek actor Vangelis Mourikis (“Stratos”).
The festival will also dedicate focus sections to the new wave of Greek cinema, Argentinian director Martin Rejtman and Chinese documentary maker Wang Bing.
Other program highlights include Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” U.S. independent Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen up Philip,” and Indian social drama “Court” by Chaitanya Tamhane.
In an unusual move festival organizers said that they wanted to dedicate a section to the sinking of the Sewol ferry – a tragedy which interrupted last year’s Jeonju festival, and which subsequently derailed the Busan festival when Busan screened controversial documentary “The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol” (aka “Diving Bell”.) But the Jeonju organizers said there were no entries.
The festival hanged the name of its centerpiece film-funding exercise from ‘Jeonju Digital Project, to ‘Jeonju Cinema Project.’
Three projects receive investment, production and distribution support; Argentina’s “El Movimiento;” and two Korean projects “Samnye” and “Snow Paths.”
“We wanted to discover less experienced yet invaluable newcomers [than in previous editions],” said executive programmer Lee Young-jin.