The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second biggest festival, will open with Robert Budreau’s “Born to Be Blue,” and close...
Korea’s Jeonju Festival Touts Independent Spirit
“Over the past 17 years, Ryoo has grown into a film maker to represent Korea, and so has JIFF. Ryoo still has indie spirit. He and the JIFF share the same attitude,” said festival director Lee Chung-jik.
“It is very important for a film festival to have freedom of expression. Festivals must be independent (from outside forces),” said Jeonju city mayor Kim Seung-soo, who is also the festival committee’s chairman. That was a clear dig at Busan, where the city‘s better known festival is imploding after interference by local authorities.
Jeonju (Apr. 28 – May 7) announced a line-up that spans 163 features and 48 shorts from 45 countries. Its competition section will be judged by a jury that includes Cinematheque Francaise programming director Jean-Francois Rauger, filmmakers Denis Cote, Oh Seung-uk (“The Shameless”), Athina Rachel Tsangari, and Korean actor Jung Jae-young (“Right Now, Wrong Then”.)
The festival will present special focus sections on French director Philippe Grandrieux, Shakespeare-inspired works, and modern Chilean cinema.