|Actors Jin Goo, left, and Gong Seung-yeon will host the opening ceremony of the upcoming Jecheon International Music & Film Festival. / Courtesy of JIMFF|
By Kwak Yeon-soo
Actors Jin Goo and Gong Seung-yeon will host the opening ceremony of the upcoming Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF), which will kick off Aug. 13 in Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province.
Under the slogan "Green Again," the 16th JIMFF will run until Aug. 17 but without the presence of an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The decision to shift to an online festival has been made due to growing concern about the new wave of COVID-19 infections and the government's strengthened distancing efforts," the organizing committee said in a press release.
However, key events such as support for film productions and a film music academy will proceed as scheduled. These events will be attended by festival-related officials only, in consideration of public health and safety.
The film fest will open with director Shim Chan-yang's "Da Capo," which finds Tae-il (played by Isaac Hong) reminiscing about his unfulfilled musical dreams. The competitive section "World Music Film Today" will screen seven films from abroad.
They include Phil Collins' "Bring Down the Walls," Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's "On the Record," Daniel Roher's "Once were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band," Iwaisawa Kenji's "ON-GAKU: Our Sound," Marija Stojnic's "Speak so I Can See You," Gio Arlotta's "We Intend to Cause Havoc" and Gustavo Galvao's "We Still Have the Deep Black Night."
All films selected will be screened on the festival's official online platform on Wavve, according to the organizing committee.
Other film and music programs such as "Cine Talk," "Music in Sight" "Korean Music Film Now" and "Code of Music in Cinema" will also proceed without the audience and can be enjoyed on Naver V Live and Naver TV.
|The official poster of the 16th JIMFF / Courtesy of JIMFF|
The festival will also feature a special concert and screenings to pay tribute to Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning soundtrack composer who passed away on July 6 at the age of 91.
Jin won Best Supporting Actor awards at Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards for his role in Bong Joon-ho's 2009 film "Mother." He has also appeared in the KBS drama "Descendants of the Sun" and JTBC drama "Legal High."
Gong appeared most recently in the 2019 series "Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency." Since debuting in the 2012 drama "I Love Lee Tae-ri," she has starred in the SBS series "Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Six Flying Dragons."