With the coming of spring comes another iteration of the Jeonju International Film Festival. While the scope of the Jeonju International Film Festival is quite large, on a year by year basis there's surprisingly little change between the essentials. This is because unlike other major South Korean film festivals, there's no sense of expansion being a priority in and of itself on a yearly basis. I spoke at length on the subject with Lee Jee-eun, the head of the media outreach team, and she made a point of emphasizing the fresh new feeling that's supposed to come to the festival every year.
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Happening right before the Presidential Election on May 9th, the Jeju International Film Festival fielded a lot of questions at press conferences this year about politics. The answers always fall into the same general pattern- movies depicts life, and life depicts politics, ergo, movies inevitably have to depict politics. It's a rather rote response at this point- JIFF was into politics long before it was cool, and monuments to Sewol can be found throughout the city. The "Project Cheonan Ship" controversy predates what happened with "Diving Bell" easily, and last year, "Spy Nation" and "Seven Years-Journalism without Journalist" provided a very ominous glimpse into what politics has become in South Korea.
In the course of my interview with Kim Soy she made a very instructive comment about Jeonju that I feels sums up the festival's overall atmosphere quite well. Kim Soy mentioned that in all of the years she has been here (which include work as Closing Ceremony host in 2015), you can always just see actors and directors and what-not hanging out in random nearby cafes. And if you want, you can always just drop in to chat with them. Not sure how many people would have the gumption to try but yes, you could do that.
Visitors enjoy warm weather in a canola field in Busan on Sunday.
Big Bang's G-Dragon recently collaborated with fashion label '8 SECONDS' for their latest summer photo shoot.
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'8 SECONDS' is a street fashion brand by Samsung and on April 17, numerous photos featuring G-Dragon were revealed. He completed the boyfriend look where he's wearing pure white in a long sleeve jacket and a pair of cute matching shorts.
Meanwhile, '8 SECONDS' new summer collection will be available starting on April 21 in stores as well as online.