20 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival (Part 2)

I continue with my list of feature films that you shouldn’t miss at the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival which will take place both-in-theatre and online from April 29th until May 8th (2021), in Jeonju, South Korea.

Selected Films:

Not Out by Lee Jung-gon – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes | Fiction
Section: Korean Comeptition

Gwangho, a prospect on his high school baseball team, is not drafted by a professional baseball team. His desire to continue playing baseball strains his relationship with his team members. Gwangho eventually begins selling fake gasoline with his friend Mincheol. (JIFF 2021)

Pebbles by P.S. Vinothraj – India | 2021 – 74 minutes | Fiction
Section: Frontline

An alcoholic wife-beater embarks on a journey, dragging his young son along to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. This journey is fraught with the sweat and smudge of the deserted terrain where the land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat. (JIFF 2021)

Taking Back the Legislature by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers – Hong Kong | 2020 – 47 minutes | Documentary – Section: Frontline

July 1, 2019. 22 years before on the same day, Hong Kong was handed over to Communist China. Numerous marches had been held over the past three months where as many as two million people took to the street to call for the withdrawal of the Extradition Bill. (JIFF 2021)

The Asian Angel by Ishii Yuya – Japan | 2021 – 128 minutes | Fiction
Section: Cinema Fest

Aoki is a failing novelist, and Sol is a failing pop singer. Encountering each other in South Korea, speaking different languages, they and their families somehow end up in a truck heading off into the Korean countryside. (JIFF 2021)

The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea by Ogawa Sawa – Japan | 2020 – 77 minutes | Fiction
Section: International Competition

Hana is an 18-years-old girl who lives in a foster home. At the age of 18, she is about to leave the facility. Then, an 8-years-old girl, Harumi, enters the foster home. Identifying her past self with Harumi, some feelings she never had before well up in her heart. (JIFF 2021)

The Silent Forest by Ko Chen-nien – Taiwan | 2020 – 104 minutes | Fiction
Section: Frontline

Deaf teenager Chang Cheng transfers to a school for children with special needs. However, the world of the hearing-impaired doesn’t seem quiet at all. When Chang witnesses the “game” taking place in the last row on the school bus, his excitement about blending into a new environment immediately turns into fear. (JIFF 2021)

The Slug by Choi Jingyoung – Korea | 2020 – 99 minutes | Fiction
Section: Korean Cinema

Chunhui, who is left alone after her parents died, grows up in her grandmother’s house. She can’t hold hands with people because of hyperhidrosis, and she makes a living by peeling garlic. Young Chunhui appeared in front of Chunhui, who was struck by lightning one day and survived. (JIFF 2021)

Three Sisters by Lee Seungwon – Korea | 2020 – 115 minutes | Fiction
Section: JEONJU Cinema Project

The three sisters are struggling with their own problems. Heesook, Mrs. Sorry, is neglected by her family. Miyeon, Mrs. Devout, witnesses her husband having an affair. And Mi-ok, Mrs. Hysteric, is just weird, always drunk and frustrated with life. The sisters are going to gather for their father’s birthday. What will happen? We will see when the day comes. (JIFF 2021)

Under the Open Sky by Nishikawa Miwa – Japan | 2020 – 126 minutes | Fiction
Section: World Cinema

Mikami, an ex-yakuza of middle age with most of his life in prison, gets released after serving 13 years of a sentence for murder. Hoping to find his long-lost mother, from whom he was separated as a child, he applies for a TV show and meets a young TV director Tsunoda. Meanwhile, he struggles to get a proper job and fit into society. His impulsive, adamant nature and ingrained beliefs cause friction in his relationship with Tsunoda and those who want to help him. (JIFF 2021)

Under the Stars by Omori Tatsushi – Japan | 2020 – 110 minutes | Fiction
Section: Cinema Fest

Chihiro, a middle school kid, has been raised by parents with a lot of care. But her parents are fanatic believers of a shady cult that they claim it miraculously heals her illness. For the first time in her young life, Chihiro begins to doubt her parents and the world she lives in. (JIFF 2021)

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