Female filmmakers dominate Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival competition


Seven of the nine feature films selected for the Korean competition at the Jeonju International Film Festival (April 28-May 7) are led by women. The films selected are “Mother And Daughter” by Kim Jung-eun; “When I Sleep” (Choi Jungmoon); “The Hill of Secrets” (Lee Ji-eun); “Archeology of Love” (Lee Wanmin); “Missing Yoon” (Kim Jinhwa); “Saving a Dragonfly” (Hong Daye); “Jeong-sun” (Jeong Ji-hye); “Walnut” (Lim Sangsu); and “Havana” (Hong Yongho).

Programmer Seok of the moon said, “This year’s submissions were diverse in subject matter, and there were a lot of new attempts in genres. Seven of the nine works selected are female directors, and they continue to be important players in the industry. I hope this trend will continue and female directors will also make progress in the commercial film industry.

Meanwhile, the festival, led by director Lee Joon Dongplans an in-person event amid strict COVID-19 regulations and will hold a retrospective on the acclaimed Korean filmmaker Lee Changdong titled “Lee Chang-dong: The Truth of the Unseen”. The most famous works of the filmmaker “Green Fish” (1997), “Peppermint Candy” (1999), “Oasis” (2002), “Secret Sunshine” (2007), “Poetry” (2010) and “Burning” (2018 ) will be screened as well as his short film “Heartbeat” (2022), and Alain Mazars’ documentary “Lee Chang-dong: The Art of Irony”.


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