JEONJU, South Korea, April 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The annual Jeonju International Film Festival will open Thursday with a growing reputation for showcasing indie and art house films.
Australian director Ariel Keliman’s feature debut “Partisan” will open the 16th edition of the festival in the southwestern city of Jeonju that runs from April 30 to May 9.
The drama exposes the fascism, violence and hypocrisy of the world through the story of a closed community composed of troubled women and children who are trained to become child soldiers. The flick received much attention from critics at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Including the opening film, this year’s festival will feature 200 movies from 47 countries, the largest in the festival’s history.
The festival authority added new venues to screen some 20 more films than last year, including the Jeonju Sports Complex, a soccer stadium where outdoor screenings will be given, and the CGV Jeonju Hyoja Theater that will serve as the festival’s main venue.
“As tickets for the films to be shown in the festival, including the opening ceremony, have quickly been sold out, we realize how great movie fans’ expectations are for the festival,” a festival official said. “We’ll do our best to make it a safe and pleasant event until it closes.”
The festival will close with an awards ceremony that will name the grand prize winner in the international competition category.