This Year's Jeonju Film Fest Highlights Women's Issues

      April 11, 2013 11:27

      The Jeonju International Film Festival will begin its nine-day run on April 25 and showcase a broad lineup of independent and innovative films as it has done since its inauguration in 2000.

      In its 14th year, it will feature opening and closing films about women. "Foxfire" by French director Laurent Cantet, who won the Golden Palm for "The Class" at Cannes in 2008, will open the fest. Based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, it portrays teenage girls who turn into gang members after being molested.

      The first full-length film by Saudi Arabian female director Haifaa al-Mansour will close the festival. "Wadjda" tells the story of a girl who wants to ride a bicycle and competes in a Quran recitation event to earn the money she needs to buy the bike.

      Online ticket sales open on Thursday, and on-site sales begin Monday. For more information visit or call (063) 288-543.

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