Thursday, 17 April 2008

Upcoming: Jeonju International Film Festival

The Jeonju International Film Festival will be held May 1-May 9 and features a line-up of over 200 features and shorts. The schedule is available on their website. However, it is only up on the Korean version of the site, not the English version (as of now at least). You can still navigate the Korean site, it's just a little more time consuming.

In addition to many new Korean films, the highlights include:

-a nearly complete retrospective of Hungarian director Bela Tarr, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the last decade and a big influence on the recent work of Gus Van Sant. All 8 of Tarr's features (yes, this includes the 7 hour plus Satantango, showing on Tuesday, May 6th at 2:00 pm) as well as a program of shorter works (including his hour long version of Macbeth) are included.

-a retrospective of New German Cinema director Alexander Kluge, including 6 of his features (one of which is his debut, Yesterday Girl (1966), widely considered the first feature of the New German Cinema movement) as well as a program of shorts. Also showing is Germany in Autumn (1978), an omnibus film featuring Kluge and other New German directors, such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Edgar Reitz and Volker Schlondorff.

-a retrospective on Vietnamese cinema, including films made during the war as well as more recent features and documentaries

-the documentary Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (Kent Jones, 2007) (narrated by Martin Scorsese), as well as one of Lewton's RKO horror films, The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson, 1943)

-a screening of Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuang-Zhuang, 2002), followed by a master class with Tian

-new films by Eric Rohmer, Alexander Sokurov, Ken Jacobs, Manuel De Oliveira, Hong Sang-Soo, John Saysles, Koji Wakamatsu, Jia Zhang-ke, and Hana Makhmalbaf

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