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Jeonju opens with a ‘Kiss’

Korean fest will screen 209 films from 49 countries

Korea’s 11th Jeonju Film Festival opens April 29 with local helmer Park Jinoh’s debut feature “Should Have Kissed” and closes May 7 with Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s “To the Sea,” which won the best prize at this year’s Rotterdam fest.

Set in New York, “Kissed” is a love story of two loners who aspire to be actors while Toronto player “Sea” is about a young boy bonding with his father, a fisherman in Mexico.

JFF will screen 209 films from 49 countries this year, including 11 in the international competition.

Fest has reorganized its varied sections and programs into six categories including Competition, which combines three feature and short competitions; Cinemascape, which shows the current trends in contempo films; Stranger Than Cinema, which unspools avant garde films; and JFF Project, which puts together production projects supported by the fest itself.

This year’s fest focuses on films from talented new directors from around the world, including Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (“Police, Adjective”) and America’s Cherien Dabis (“Amreeka”).

Fest also introduces various films that show new trends in digital films, including American directors Harmony Korine’s “Trash Humpers” and James Benning’s “Ruhr.”

In the JFF Project, fest presents three digital shorts under the title “Jeonju Digital Project 2010” helmed by James Benning, Denis Cote and Matias Pineiro, while putting together three Korean directors for its omnibus short film project “Short, Short, Short 2010.”

Retrospectives will be devoted to helmers Pedro Costa (Portugal), Romuald Karmakar (Germany) and Hungarian Miklos Jancso. Fest also presents masterclasses with Costa and Korea’s Bong Joon-ho.

The industry side of the fest, dubbed the Jeonju Project Promotion, includes the Producer’s Pitching session; Documentary Pitching, supporting local docu projects; and Work in Progress for local and international helmers’ new projects.

Films in the International Competition are:

“The Anchorage,” U.S.-Sweden (dir. Anders Edstom, C.W. Winter)

“Castro,” Argentina (dir. Alejo Moguillansky)

“Clash,” Phillippines (dir. Pepe Diokno)

“Crab Trap,” Colombia-France (dir. Oscar Ruiz Navia)

“Huacho,” Chile-France-Germany (dir. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras)

“I Am a Cat Stalker,” Japan (dir. Suzuki Takuji)

“The Man’s Woman and Other Stories,” India (dir. Amit Dutta)

“Paraiso,” Peru (dir. Hector Galvez)

“Res Dragonflies,” Singapore (dir. Liao Jiekai)

“The Robber,” Austria-Germany (dir. Benjamin Heisenberg)

“Susa,” Georgia (dir. Rusudan Pirveli)

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