22nd Jeonju International Film Festival – Opening Film

Father by Srdan Golubovic will open the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival which will go hybrid both-in-theatre and online screenings from April 29th until May 8th, 2021.

Based on the previous experience, the 22nd edition will take place as usual for 10 days. The festival is preparing detailed plans depending on social distancing levels and quarantine measures and trying to figure out the best way to hold events and screenings, involving both public and online.

The 22nd JEONJU IFF prepared a section “Special Focus: Corona, New Normal” to look back on the profound impact of the COVID-19 on our lives and to look at films that paid attention to changes in the world. The films about the aspects and influences of the COVID-19 pandemic seen by directors from around the world, including Korea, will create a consensus on the current situation and become a place to think about the way out of it.

This year there will be a special section called “Special Focus: I am Independent,” which sheds light on independent films by women directors. The special section will be an ambitious project to focus on their achievements, through the films of seven women directors who have been forgotten or not mentioned well but are an important part of independent film history.

Opening Film:

Father by Srdan Golubović
Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2020 – 120 minutes

A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services center refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. (JIFF 2021)

About the director:
After he made his feature debut with Absolute Hundred (2001), he directed The Trap (2007) shortlisted for Oscar for the Best Foreign Film, and Circles (2013) which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.


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