Star-studded opening night for Shanghai's 20th film festival
More than 400 film celebrities from China and abroad walked along the red carpet.Pic by Wu Kai
By Joyce Xu(Shanghai Daily)
The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival raised its curtain last night at Shanghai Grand Theater with a star-studded red carpet show and grand opening ceremony.
More than 400 film celebrities from China and abroad walked along the red carpet. Film crews from around 30 new productions also participated in the ceremony.
Among the stars were French actor Jean Reno, Taiwan heart-throb Tony Yeung, French actress Julie Delpy, Chinese mainland filmmaker Feng Xiaogang and Japanese actress Ueto Aya.
Reno and Yeung brought to the festival their latest offering, "The Adventurers," an action film by Stephen Fung which tells the story of a treasure hunt. It will be released on August 11.
"It was wonderful to work with Chinese actors," said Reno. "We were very happy together."
Delpy, on her first visit to China, said the food is great and Shanghai cuisine is her favorite.
Hong Kong director Andrew Lau brought his new historical epic, "The Founding of An Army." The film, to be released nationally on July 28, depicts the Nanchang Uprising, a famous event on August 1, 1927.
Famous filmmaker Ning Hao attended with his newly-produced martial arts film "Brotherhood of Blades." The film will also open the festival's Jackie Chan Action Movie Week.
Director Feng Xiaogang appeared on the red carpet to promote his new production, "Youth," a heartwarming period drama based on the novel by Yan Geling.
With the festival celebrating its 20th edition, film celebrities who attended in previous years sent messages of congratulation to the organizers.
Shanghai's Mayor, Ying Yong, said the festival has been devoted over past decades to supporting young film talents and propelling China's film industry.
This year's event trains a lens on the "Belt and Road" initiative and will screen movies from countries that were part of the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, known for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “Graduation,” is jury president for the coveted Golden Goblet Awards. Mungiu said at the opening ceremony that one of the most important things about filmmaking is looking for the truth.
Fourteen feature films are nominated for Golden Goblet Awards, the main competition, including Japanese entry “Reminiscence,” American film “Brigsby Bear” and Germany's “My Brother Simple.” Documentaries and animated productions will also vie for the awards.
Celebrated Danish director Bille August’s war epic “The Chinese Widow” was the opening film.
The festival will run to June 26. In addition to the film competition, it will offer many other events including film panorama, film forum, SIFF project and film market.