Shanghai International Film Festival Brings More Surprises
The 16th International Film Festival will raise its curtain on June 15th. The annual film fest of the city, which run from 15th to 23rd, is a gala for the movie buffs. It is the time for them to spot stars, probably get their signatures, and view films that are being screened for the first time, or the only time, in the city.
Who will show up
Around 300 film celebrities and figures will show up at the opening ceremony on June 15th at Shanghai Culture Square. They include American film maker Oliver Stone, British director Tom Hooper, South Korean actor Jo In-sung, Hong Kong China action star Donnie Yen and singer/actor Jay Chou.
Other guests include Hong Kong China director Tsui Hark, film director and producer Johnnie To, mainland female director Li Shaohong and former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis.
What to watch
At the film festival, around 300 Chinese and foreign films will be screened. The opening film will be Monsters University, a new 3D animated comedy produced by Pixar Animation Studios.
Films to be screened will include a range of genres.
Representative works of Olive Stone, Tom Hooper, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and Chinese director Tang Xiaodan will be screened. They include seven of Stone's films, including the award-winning Platoon(1986), Wall Street(1987) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Suspense film fans can watch nine early and rarely screened silent films by British master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The films have been restored and will be shown in Asia for the first time, some with live music.All were filmed between 1925 and 1929, and demonstrate the evolution of Hitchcock's suspense style. They include his directorial debut The Pleasure Garden, as well as The Lodger, The Ring, Downhill, The Farmer's Wife, Easy Virtue, Champagne, The Manxman and Blackmail.
Blackmail was later re-shot by Hitchcock to include some snippets of dialogue. It was the first sound film screened in the UK.
Additionally, nine films starring the late Hong Kong China actor Leslie Cheung will be shown, including Farewell, My Concubine, Days of Being Wild and Rouge.
Acclaimed works to be screened include Kim Ki-duk's Pieta, last year's Golden Lion winner, the Bertolucci film Me and You, independent British thriller Berberian Sound Studio, and India's Oscar-nominated film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.
The recent films are from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Thailand and other countries.
Where to watch
A total of 26 cinemas across the town will screen festival films.
The main venue of the film festival is at the Shanghai Film Art Center, 160 Xinhua Road.
Where to buy tickets
Ticket sales begin tomorrow at theaters, www.ticket2010.com and www.gewara.com. Tickets for each screening will be priced between 40 yuan (US$6.45) and 60 yuan. All will be screened in their original language with English and Chinese subtitles.
Information about the cinemas and screening schedules are available on www.siff.com.
Judging from past festivals, tickets for some popular films always sell out quickly. So make sure to book early.
About the awards
The Golden Goblet Awards will be handed out on the last day of the film festival.Fourteen films have been selected from 1,655 movies from 112 countries and regions. They will compete in various categories for a Golden Goblet.
Nominated films include Canadian director Lenin Sivam's A Gun & A Ring, Russian filmmaker Yury Bykov's The Major and South Korean director Kang Woo-suk's Fists of Legend.Three Chinese productions - Amazing by Sherwood Hu, Unbeatable by Dante Lam and The Stolen Years by Barbara Wong - will vie for the top prize.
The festival will include an Asian New Talent Award, a smartphone film festival and short film exhibition that recognize the power of new media.
About the VIP
Oliver Stone, who judged the Golden Goblet Awards in 1993 at the first Shanghai International Film Festival, will receive an outstanding achievement award. The 67-year-old director will take part in a master class and share his experience with Chinese directors.