Jeonju brings European perspectives onscreen
Things have come full circle, with a digital project that finds inspiration from Europe.
Three European artists reputed for pushing boundaries of contemporary film aesthetics have gathered in Jeonju: Jean-Marie Straub, who has created dozens of intellectually stimulating works with Daniele Huillet in Germany and Italy; French cineaste Claire Denis, known for her anthropological approach to filmmaking; and Spain’s Jose Luis Guerin, who continues to experiment with structure by weaving narrative filmmaking into documentaries.
At the turn of the 21st century, when the digital cinema still remained unexplored territory for major studios, the medium had already established a following among independent filmmakers. Catching onto this trend in Korea was the Jeonju Digital Project.
Since its inception a dozen years ago, the Jeonju International Film Festival’s (JIFF) signature project has explored the possibility of the medium by inviting famed directors across the world to contribute digital shorts.