The fourth Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea will screen the world premiere of If You Were Me, an omnibus collection dealing with human rights and shot by six leading Korean directors, as its opening film.
Produced and financed by Korea's Commission on Human Rights, the omnibus collection features works by directors Park Chan-wook (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance), Jeong Jae-eun (Take Care Of My Cat), Yim Soon-rye (Waikiki Brothers), Park Jin-pyo (Too Young To Die), Park Kwang-su (A Single Spark), and Yeo Kyun-dong (La Belle).
The JIFF, which runs from April 25 to May 4 in the southwestern city of Jeonju, is Korea's second largest in terms of programming with 170 films from 35 countries. The event has drawn increasing international attention in recent years for its strong focus on Asian independent cinema and digital film.
Each year JIFF commissions a three-part digital film by renowned directors which is premiered at the festival. Last year's project, titled After War and featuring works by Moon Seung-wook (Korea), Nobuhiro Suwa (Japan), and Wang Xiaoshuai (China), won the top video prize at the Locarno International Film Festival.
This year's project will be shot by Korean director Park Ki-yong (Camel(s)), Japanese director Shinji Aoyama (Eureka) and Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time For Drunken Horses).
This year's program will also feature a large number of 3-4 title focuses on: Brazilian director Glauber Rocha, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Ning Ying, documentarist Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Jean-Claude Rosseau, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Blaxploitation films, Michael Haneke, Lucas Belvaux, Japanese New Wave director Susumu Hani, and horror veteran Larry Fessenden.
Two competition sections round out the festival, with "Asian Newcomers" devoted to Asian independent films that lack a distribution channel, and "Digital Spectrum" for the work that best uses the digital medium. Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven has been selected to close the festival.