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Zenju Festival First Title, Extended Screening Plan – Unveils Various

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South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival, already delayed by a month due to a coronavirus outbreak, is now set to move on to a new date, but in a reduced format. A few of its titles will screen until September.

At the end of April, festival organizers have confirmed that the JIFF will move forward from 26 May to 6 June, one month after its normal end-April. However, they said that it would be reduced to an “exclusive version without a public audience”, an international competition with only three categories, a Korean competition and a competition for short films made in Korea.

“The upcoming long holidays in May have caused great concern among public health authorities, so JIFF had no choice but to think about the best way to ensure public safety,” said Lee Jondong, the inaugural director-turned-producer who resigned in December after a power struggle that left several programmers. Did.

“The JIGF will continue to fund and support filmmakers like the Zenju Project Market because the festival maintains its role in discovering and supporting committed filmmakers,” Lee said.
This week JIFF released details of three finished films through the annual Jeonju Cinema Project: “Three Sisters” by Lee Seongwon of Part Kunyung, and “Afterwater” by director Dan Kamalgen from Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose previous headlines included “All the Cities of the North.”

The trio described the trilogy at the festival, “describing the limitations between documentary and fiction, ranging from experimental films, to the independent society that connects people’s lives and their inner aspects, and the relationship between film and society and characters.” They are now running in the cinema hall and will play until September 20th.

The “Three Sisters” family and stars Moon Sori, Kim Sanyung, and Zhang Yunju ask questions about meaning. “A Distant Place” is the story of a sheep farmer whose miserable and quiet life is disturbed by the arrival of his lover and his two sisters. More experimentally, “Afterwater” follows three characters involved in the study of inland water ecosystems.

JIFF will hold jury screenings and online screenings from May 26 to June. Thereafter, from 9th June to 20th September the original titles will be given extended screening.

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