The 10th Jechon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF) is due to commence on Thursday the 14th of August, running through until Tuesday the 19th.
JIMFF has always been one of the more unique festivals in Korea due to the focus on films featuring music, screening international and Korean productions as well as hosting three nights of live music on the picturesque Cheongpung Lake Stage.
The Cheongpung Lake Stage will also be the venue for the JIMFF Cinema Concert, arguably the most iconic event of the festival, which features classic films accompanied by a live orchestra. For JIMFF 2014, two classic Japanese films have been selected – Ozu Yashujiro’s A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) and Shimizu Hiroshi’s Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933). Pianist Yanashita Mie, one of the most prestigious and celebrated contemporary musicians in silent cinema, will perform alongside the classic works.
The official trailer for JIMFF 2014, helmed by director/actress/screenwriter Ku Hye-sun (The Peach Tree (director), Boys Over Flowers (actress)), can be seen below.
Golden Chariot in the Sky (하늘의 황금마차)
Director O Muel
JIMFF 2014 will open with director O Muel’s Golden Chariot in the Sky (하늘의 황금마차). The film, which received its world premiere at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, is the eagerly awaited follow up to critically acclaimed drama Jiseul. With Golden Chariot in the Sky, director O Muel has gone back to his more quirky comedic style in depicting the life of Ppong-ddol, a man with ambitions of forming a successful band. He recruits friends and neighbours to join him, although they quickly discover that none of them are particularly good musicians and run into financial difficulties, which in turn opens past wounds for Ppong-ddol and his family. Golden Chariot in the Sky is also the debut of Korean ska band Kingston Rudieska, who perform a unique blend of Jamaican-inspired jazz music.
For more information about JIMFF 2014, please click the link here to visit the official homepage.