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Jeonju film festival opens its doors

The annual Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), the country’s largest showcase of indie and arthouse films, started its 10-day run in Jeonju, North Jeolla, on Thursday.

A total of 262 films from 52 countries will be shown during the festival’s 20th edition, which runs until May 11 under the slogan “Cinema, Liberated and Expressed.”

Launched in 2000, JIFF is now recognized as a premier event for alternative movies. The host city Jeonju is located 243 kilometers (151 miles) south of Seoul.

“Piranhas,” a novel-based movie by Italian director Claudio Giovannesi, will open the festival, while “Skin,” an Oscar-winning film by Israeli director Guy Nattiv, will close the event.

Ten films chosen out of 104 are up for competition in the Korean feature film competition category, including “Atlantic City” by Ra Ju-hyoung and “A Bedsore” by Shim Hye-jung. In the Korean short film competition section, 26 films are listed, with 11 movies in the international competition category.

Among the guests are actresses Hyeri, Jeon Hye-bin and Kim Bo-ra, while actor Cha In-pyo, who directed a documentary film titled “Ongals,” will also hit the red carpet at JIFF.

“The 20th JIFF will go beyond freedom of expression to explore many different manners of expression,” Jeonju Mayor Kim Seung-su, head of the festival’s organizing committee, said during a press conference last month.

“Led by the film festival, I plan to make Jeonju a city that all moviegoers want to visit.”

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