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Programmer of 2021, Actor and director RYU Hyunkyung

[Preface]
The 22nd JEONJU IFF proudly introduces a new program J Special. In this program, a person working in many fields will be invited as a programmer and chooses films, including films starring them, to fully reflect their cinematic tastes and perspectives. The program includes talk sessions about the films with the film crew and audience.

The star who will open the doors to J Special: Programmer of the Year in 2021 is actor and director Ryu Hyunkyung, who performs actively as an actor and director. She started her career as a child actor and has performed in various films and TV series. Actor Ryu has always shown a prominent presence regardless of whether she is in a lead or supporting roles. She showed her special affection for independent films by working in various independent films steadily after establishing recognition in the mainstream. She studied directing in university and directed several short films. Her film is expected to create a new wave in the Korean film industry. Through one directed work, two starred works, and five selected works by Ryu as a programmer, you can experience the films she loves and pursues.

There exist countless people in the world. None of them can be defined by a single word. All human beings are multi-faceted and complex. For these reasons, no one is entitled to judge other individuals based on their whim and personal opinion. This is the greatest piece of wisdom films granted me. I have played many roles therein from a quite young age and watched a good number of great films. Thankfully, films gave me such a valuable lesson to live by.


[RYU Hyunkyung]
Actor and director. Ever since her debut for the SBS drama Gomtang in 1996, she has been acting in TV series and films, including Pharmacist Kim´s Daughters and The Divine Weapon (2008). She was well-received for TV series like Tasty Life as well as films such as Born to Sing (2012), MANSHIN: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013), and Office (2014). She also starred as the lead performer in The Artist: Reborn (2017). Recently, she gave a brilliant performance in I (2021) while she directed Kwang Tae´s Basic Story (2009) and Heart Robber (2010).

Program notes​

Upon the invitation to serve as a programmer for JEONJU IFF, I spent a good time and effort choosing films to share with all. The final list of titles suggests that the selected titles have a common thread running through them. They all center on an individual, an actor, or a character. The story begins by focusing on an individual then proceeds to provide fine-grained details about the emotion she feels and the moments she goes through. The films featured here focus on individuals who are in the midst of a plot. They focus on individuals who serve as the background. They all deal with stories about individuals, depicting diverse faces and minds of human beings.​

All these films are similar in that they all convey one clear message: despite all these, we keep on living. And we need to move on and survive. I hope the audience enjoys these films as much as I do. They have made my heart beat faster and comforted me. It’s a chance for the audience because I do not think that these titles are likely to be screened again in a movie theater. I hope for a world where no one falls victim to prejudice and discrimination. I sincerely hope for a world where people respect each other. (RYU Hyunkyung)​
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