Program Type: 
FilmVideo
Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project
February 17, 2011 - February 27, 2011
Screening Room

Overview

Every year since 2000 the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea has awarded 50 million won to three international filmmakers, to make a 30–minute digital film. For this series, we present all 33 commissioned works, by some of the most highly regarded directors in the world. Just a few of the artists represented include Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa, Naomi Kawase, Bong Joon–Ho, James Benning, Tsai Ming–liang, and 27 more!

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Events

  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2010
    Feb 17, 2011 7:30pm
    Screening Room

    The 2010 Program screens at 7:30 pm and includes:

    Pig Iron by James Benning
    James Benning is a leading artist of the American avant-garde, known for his hypnotic portraits of landscapes. In Pig Iron, he documents the unique poetry of the blast furnace and the process of making steel.
    Les lignes enemies by Denis Côté
    An abstract story of group loneliness and intimacy; a fake war film with endearing toy soldiers wandering and wondering what the next adventure is made or unmade of.
    Hold on, Rosalind by Matías Piñeiro
    Shakespeare's As You Like It is adapted to the frolicking of young Argentine lovers in rivers and jungles in this mysterious, poetic short.

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  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2000 & 2001
    Feb 19, 2011 7:00pm
    Feb 19, 2011 9:00pm
    Screening Room

    The 2000 Program screens at 7 pm and inlcudes:

    www.whitelover.com by Park Kwang-su
    A porn actress stars in her first “serious” film –a long-time dream of hers- only to find she’ll be shooting a lot of sex scenes in this one too.
    Dal Segno by Kim Yun-tae
    One morning, a taxi driver wakes up to find he has lost his taxi and his memory of last night. Retracing his route from the night before, he eventually recovers his memory and discovers another self.
    Jin Xing Files by Zhang Yuan
    Jin Xing, a famous modern dancer in China, was born as a male but now lives a woman's life after an operation. Director Zhang Yuan contemplates loneliness and isolation in this digital short.

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    The 2001 Progam screens at 9 pm and includes:

    In Public by Jia ZhangKe
    In a little train station, the inside of a bus has been transformed into a restaurant. We see a lonely soldier in his heavy coat, a tired old man, a bubbly young lady, a punk and a woman... the exhaustion of everyday life.
    A Conversation with God by Tsai Ming-liang
    Rushing through the streets on his motorcycle, filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang attempts to ask God’s permission to be filmed. On the way, he encounters people gathered at a banquet celebrating another God’s birthday. His camera did not capture any God, but instead discovers A Conversation with God.
    Digitopia by John Akomfrah
    Digitopia is a film in search of the emotional undercurrents of the digital, a film about a man living between analog and digital worlds, a man who works in the former but seeks his pleasures in the latter.

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  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2002 & 2003
    Feb 20, 2011 2:00pm
    Feb 20, 2011 4:00pm
    Screening Room

    The 2002 Program screens at 2 pm and includes:

    Survival Game by Moon Seung-wook
    A tale of a businessman who has the tables turned on him during a game of paint-ball.
    The New Year by Wang Xiaoshuai
    A portrait of a dying man whose daughter finally arrives to be with him after a troubling experience in America.
    A Letter From Hiroshima by Suwa Nobuhiro
    A documentary in which the director abandons a woman in a hotel room.

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    The 2003 Program screens at 4 pm and includes:

    Like a Desperado Under the Eaves by Shinji Aoyama
    “A destitute young man struggles to finish a manuscript while coping with an oddball assortment of neighbors and a teetering relationship with a mysterious woman.” –Jon Pais, Twitchfilm.com
    Daf by Bahman Ghobadi
    The film shows the pattern of life of a poor family whose survival depends upon the ceremony and creation of the daf, the most famous Iranian musical instrument.
    Digital Search by Park Ki-yong
    Agonizing over what to make with a digital camera and how to make it, Park Ki-yong takes to the streets to snoop around, hoping to catch aspects of life he hadn’t noticed before.

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  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2004 & 2005
    Feb 24, 2011 7:00pm
    Feb 24, 2011 9:00pm
    Screening Room

    The 2004 Program screens at 7 pm and includes:

    Dance with me to the End of Love by Yu Lik-wai
    Kirin is the doorkeeper of a hostel. He is an orphan and nobody knows exactly where he is from. People name him Kirin simply because he earns his life by collecting emptied beer cans. This enigmatic young man lives in his own solitude until one day he meets a beautiful nomad.
    Influenza by Bong Joon-ho
    “A disturbing work acted out entirely in front of real CCTV cameras stationed throughout Seoul. The film charts a desperate man's turn to violent crime over the space of five years.” — Darcy Paquet, koreanfilm.org
    Mirrored Mind by Ishii Sogo
    A portrait of a young woman's post-modern reaction to the disconnect between Tokyo and nature.

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    The 2005 Program screens at 9 pm and inlcudes:

    Haze by Shinya Tsukamoto
    A man wakes up to find himself confined in a small room. He doesn’t know where he is and has no memory of what happened to him. What terrifies him more is that he is bleeding, accompanied by acute pain. The clearer his consciousness becomes, the tighter the room seems to get.
    Magician(s) by Song Il-gon
    “A single-take digital psychodrama about ex–bandmates gathered in a bar somewhere in the snowy woods, drinking, reminiscing, having flashbacks and being obliviously haunted by the ghost of their ex–junkie guitar goddess.” —Village Voice
    Worldly Desires by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    “A musical companion piece to Tropical Malady, the film begins as a behind-the-scenes look at the jungle productions of a Thai soap opera and a music video, but soon falls under the verdant spell of the rainforest.” —SAIC

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  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2006 & 2007
    Feb 26, 2011 7:00pm
    Feb 26, 2011 9:00pm
    Screening Room

    The 2006 Program screens at 7 pm and includes:

    About Love by Darezhan Omirvaev
    Kairat, a lonely mathematics teacher runs into an old college mate, Askar. Askar invites him to his home where Kairat becomes acquainted with Togzhan, Askar’s wife. The two fall in love. And though this love was mutual, it’s thwarted by the choices already made in their lives.
    No Day Off by Eric Khoo
    No Day Off charts four years in the life of Siti, a young woman who leaves her husband and baby boy in a remote village in Sulawesi to work as a maid in Singapore. The narrative unfolds through her perspective and captures her trials and tribulations as she works for three different families.
    Twelve Twenty by Pen-ek Ratanaruang
    A young man falls in love with a woman he sees on the other side of an airport terminal, and then fantasizes about her for his entire 12-hour flight. Beautiful cinematography by Chris Doyle.

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    The 2007 Program screens at 9 pm and inlcudes:

    Respite by Harun Farocki
    Set in Westerbork, a transit camp for deportees to Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz. An inmate, the German-born Jew Rudolph filmed scenes of work, leisure and a train leaving for the death camps with a 16mm camera.
    The Rabbit Hunters by Pedro Costa
    Fontain is a lost community, a shanty-town on the outskirts of Lisbon. This film shows the day-by-day stories of the residents eager for the new, better life announced with its promises of comfort and economic growth. —Village Voice
    Correspondences by Eugène Green
    Seventeen-year-olds Virgile and Blanche exchange e-mails in their rooms. Virgile likes Blanche, but Blanche likes a boy named Eustache, but they don’t know this about each other...

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  • Around The World In 33 Films: The Jeonju Digital Project - 2008 & 2009
    Feb 27, 2011 2:00pm
    Feb 27, 2011 4:00pm
    Screening Room

    The 2008 Program screens at 2 pm and includes:

    The Birthday by Idrissa Ouedraogo
    Awa is a beautiful but poor young lady. She decides to marry Karim, a wealthy old man, but can’t shake her feelings for Bouba, her lower-class boyfriend. When Karim discovers the affair between Awa and Bouba, he plans on taking his horrific revenge on Awa’s birthday.
    Expectations by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
    Having left on a long journey across the desert, Moussa suddenly shows up in his village again one day. He clearly never reached his destination. Completely transformed by his ordeal, he is now apathetic, locked in silence, and indifferent to everything around him. But his creditors, who loaned him the money for his journey, are growing impatient.
    The Alphabet of My Mother by Nacer Khemir
    An old woman is sitting motionless with both eyes closed. Suddenly, a visitor shows up in the courtyard of the house, flooding her mind with memories of longing for her forgotten son.

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    The 2009 Program screens at 4 pm and includes:

    Lost in the Mountains by Hong Sang-soo
    Set in Westerbork, a transit camp for deportees to Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz. An inmate, the German-born Jew Rudolph filmed scenes of work, leisure and a train leaving for the death camps with a 16mm camera.
    Koma by Naomi Kawase
    Fontain is a lost community, a shanty-town on the outskirts of Lisbon. This film shows the day-by-day stories of the residents eager for the new, better life announced with its promises of comfort and economic growth. —Village Voice
    Butterflies Have No Memories by Lav Diaz
    In a remote island in the Philippines, the inhabitants of a once-prosperous town have been struggling since the closure of a local Canadian gold mining company. In these desperate times, Ferding, Santos and Willy drown their frustrations with endless drinking. But a visit from a young woman who was born in the mining village soon changes everything.

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Curator Statement

'Around the World in 33 Films' is definitely a 'Dare' program. The Jeonju International Film Festival has dared to commission films, which very few organizations are willing or able to do anymore. The Festival does not dictate content, yet all of the filmmakers they select are known for making non–commercial, complex and often demanding work. In this time of shrinking resources and (though I am loathe to admit it) apparent shrinking attention to serious cinema, this commitment to the future of the art form is truly remarkable.

— Joel Shepard, Film/Video Curator

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
The San Francisco Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Koret Foundation
Adobe Foundation Fund
Novellus

YBCA Film/Video media sponsor:
SF Weekly