Magazine article Screen International

Jeonju Festival Crowns Brazil's 'Rifle', France's 'The Park'

Magazine article Screen International

Jeonju Festival Crowns Brazil's 'Rifle', France's 'The Park'

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The Seeds Of Violence, Blue Butterfly Effect also win awards at Korean festival.

The 18th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has crowned its award winners for 2017, with Davi Pretto's Rifle taking the Grand Prize worth KW20m ($18,000) in the international competition.

The Brazilian film shows what happens when a rich landowner starts buying land in a remote area and in response, a young man feels his only protection from this is his rifle.

Thanking the fest and jury, Pretto noted this was the first time he had shown the film in Asia.

"It was amazing to meet the audience and show our film, and incredible to meet our colleagues - our new friends now - from all over the planet," he said.

Also in the international competition, the best picture prize, a.k.a. the Woosuk Award which comes with $10,000, went to French film The Park, directed by Damien Manivel. He echoed many of the awardees' sentiments on the festival's dynamism and warmth.

"It was a fantastic week. Making films is difficult and we need people to stay with us on this path, so thank you," he said.

JIFF festival director Lee Choong-jik added: "Jeonju International Film Festival has always emphasized alternative and independent cinema and we will continue to strive to discover and support new independent films and filmmakers."

Korean winners

Lim Taegue's drama The Seeds Of Violence picked up the grand prize in the Korean competition as well as the arthouse distribution support prize which comes with a guaranteed two-week release with merchandising marketing support and a KW10m ($8,850) kitty.

"Wielding a surgical scalpel, the film lays open two major acts of violence to reveal the innards & the intricacies of a culture of brutality, accomplished in a manner that is both bare-bones & chilling," said Jacob Wong, head of the Korean competition jury, when awarding the film.

Dealing with harassment in the army and in personal lives, Lim's debut feature was produced at Dankook University Graduate School of Cinematic Content.

One of the many politically-tinged films in the JIFF selection, Emmanuel Moonchil Park's Blue Butterfly Effect, about the residents of Seongju protesting the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in their county, picked up the documentary award. …

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