Director: Peter Michael Dowd
USA, Japan | 2019 | 114min | DCP | Color | Documentary | Rock | Asia Premiere
“World Music Film Today” introduces the latest films across all genres in which music plays a central role. The jury composed of four international members will select one film to receive the LOTTE Award, which is accompanied by a prize of 20 million KRW.
In 2019, three documentary and four drama films will be screened: The three documentaries including <Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark> that depicts the life of Piazzolla who elevated “tango” to the state of art, <Mr. Jimmy> which portrays the Japanese guitarist who strived to copy all the performances of the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and <A Punk Daydream>, which covers the distinctive subject of the Indonesian punk community; and the four dramas ranging from <Rhythm is Everywhere> that deals with the story of an Indian percussionist, <Sabre Dance> which dramatized the composer Khachaturian’s course of composing the masterpiece “Sabre Dance,” <This Old Road> which handles with the story of a Japanese children’s song composer, and <The Accordionist's Son>, which features the strife between the accordionist father and his son. One can grasp the tendencies of world music films through the latest music films of diverse themes with music as its main source of communication.
President of the Jury/Director/Hong Kong
Rouge (1987), Stanley Kwan’s third film, won him a substantial international audience. After that, Actress (1991) won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for Maggie Cheung and Hold You Tight (1997) won both the Alfred Bauer prize for innovation and the Teddy Award for best lesbian/gay feature, again in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival for Lanyu (2001). Directing as well as producing, he is now one of the most prominent players within the Hong Kong film industry.
Director of Sydney Film Festival/Australia
Nashen Moodley is the Director of Sydney Film Festival, a role he has held since 2012. During his seven years at the helm, Sydney Film Festival has grown vastly. From 2001 to 2011 he worked as the manager and head programmer of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa's longest-running film festival, and from 2005 to 2017 served as programming consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival. He has served on juries at the San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Durban and Tokyo film festivals.
Director/Belgium and Bosnia
Danis Tanović was born in the central Bosnian city of Zenica. His first movie project, No Man's Land which he wrote and directed was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival at 2001. No Man's Land went on to win the Award for Best Screenplay (Prix du scénario) at Cannes, Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and the César for the Best First Feature film. His most recent projects include HBO Europe's first original from the Adriatic region, [Success], a Croatian drama that Tanović directed and was released in 2018
Director of Una Labo Actorology, Film a journalist/Korea
Beck Una had worked as journalist for [Cine 21], a chief editor for [Magazine t] and [10 Asia], and a film journalist for Kyunghyang newspaper. Also, she hosted the Olleh TV program [Movie Star Social Club] and [Beck Una’s Actor Report]. Now Beck hosts KBS1 radio program [Beck Una’s Movie Theater, Jeong Yeoul’s Library]. She has served on many juries at South Korean film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival and Baeksang Arts Awards’ film division. Beck has written a film essay [Hi, New York: 408 days with films] (2006, published by Cine 21), studies of actors and actress [Our Time Korean Actors] (2004, Haenamu), [Faces of Actors and Actresses 24 hours] (2008, Korean Film Archive), [The Next Actor, Park Jung-min] (2019, Una Labo Actorology) and others.