June 15th, 2019
Dreams and emotions of Chinese people feature in new batch of TV series
By Joyce Xu
TICKETS for the Panorama section of the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, to be held from June 15 to 24, go on sale on June 8.
Online ticket sales started at 8am at dianying.taobao.com. At 10am, cinemas including the Shanghai Film Art Center, Tianshan Cinema and Peace Cinema also started to sell tickets.
Among the most popular movies are Japanese comedy “The Confidence Man JP,” Chinese animated classic “Uproar In Heaven,” American thriller “Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” and Italian drama film “Cinema Paradise.”
Loyal movie fan Fang Tingrong now in his 70s has attended the film fest’s panorama every year. He bought tickets for the French comedy “The Black Tulip,” American documentary film “Free Solo” and Japanese musical film “Dance With Me.”
This year more than 500 movies — classics and recent productions from all over the world — will be shown at 47 cinemas across the city. Movie stars will also attend some of the screenings and interact with the audience.
The Internet Summit, another important program of the film fest, was held on June 11 and 12 in Putuo District. Over recent years, the summit has attracted many Internet films and media companies to base themselves in the city. It will continue to incubate and develop promising Internet cultural programs.
Fu Wenxia, an official of the festival’s organizing committee, said this year’s fest will have two premieres: “The Eight Hundred” and “Beautiful Voyage.”
Directed by Guan Hu, “The Eight Hundred” pays tribute to the 800 Chinese soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the famous defense of the Sihang Warehouse in 1937 in Shanghai during the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
Film producers and crews will also be invited to visit film and TV locations around the city and learn more about the diverse production services the city has, covering location coordination, camera and props rental, and post-production.
During the fest, integrated regional cooperation of locations and production services will be strengthened in the Yangtze River Delta region.
Chinese actor Wu Jing, known for his impressive acting in the high-grossing movies “Wolf Warrior” and “The Wandering Earth,” will be the promotion ambassador of the fest.
Wu also stars in the highly anticipated film “The Climbers.” The film, which tells the story of China’s first mountaineers to conquer the world’s highest mountain, is slated for release on September 30.
Another Shanghai-produced sci-fi mega-production to be promoted at the fest will be “Shanghai Fortress,” which depicts mankind’s efforts to protect the earth from alien invaders. The film will hit cinemas across China on August 9.
Hu Jingjun, vice minister of the city’s publicity department, said the film fest’s influence is ever increasing and more films choose the fest as a platform for their global premieres.
This year, around 60 percent of the movies registered to screen at the festival are the latest productions. Some excellent works will also be selected for national release in the future.
Hu mentioned the Chinese box office success of the Japanese film “Shoplifters” and Lebanese film “Capernaum.” Both were shown and applauded at last year’s festival.
“The festival will continue to propel domestic film industry and serve as a platform for film celebrities to exchange,” he said. “More talented young filmmakers and promising film projects will also be discovered.”
Travel through time and around the world
By Xu Wei
The 2019 Shanghai international film festival will offer a feast of outstanding films this month, plus a batch of cultural programs.
The 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival will be held from June 15 to 24.
During the Shanghai International Film Festival, movie buffs will have the chance to see feature films and documentaries from different periods through the Panorama section.
Some classic films will be shown for the public in the squares of the city after 4K conversion.
All these movies reflect the social styles and major historical events of the past 70 years, such as the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the liberation of Shanghai, the birth of the national anthem, the restoration of the college entrance examination.
Over the years, the film festival has welcomed filmmakers from across Asia.
This year among the 3,964 registered films in 112 countries and regions, 1,772 movies are from 39 countries and regions in Asia.
An unprecedented five sections for Asian countries and regions are planned, including Focus Indonesia, Focus Iran, Focus Thailand, Indian Style and Japanese Film Week.
Asian filmmakers will have the chance to negotiate with film agencies in China and other countries for co-production and cooperation.
On the basis of the Asian New Talent Awards, this year’s film fest will continue to cultivate new forces in Asian films and stimulate the vitality of Asian moviemaking.
Over recent decades, the Panorama section has been one of the most popular programs for the movie buffs.
Digitally restored version of the classic Chinese animated film “Uproar in Heaven,” Hou Hsiao-hsien’s drama “Flowers of Shanghai,” and Stanley Kubrick’s epic movie “Spartacus” will be screened.
Italian adventure film “Otzi and the Mystery of Time,” Spanish suspense thriller “Hous3,” Japanese romance film “Marriage Hunting Beauty,” and Indian biographical film ‘Mahanati” will also be screened.
For the first time, this year’s Panorama will set up a category of musical films. Movie buffs will be presented “Moonwalker,” “Amazing Grace,” “A Dog Called Money” and “My Foolish Heart.”
Additionally, the Belt and Road Film Week will continue to be an eye-catching part of the film fest.
This year 24 new films will be shown in the Belt and Road Film Week, including “Crystal Swan,” “A First Farewell,” “Scandinavian Silence,” “Genesis” and “The Sun Above Me Never Sets.”
Representatives of international film festival institutions will gather in Shanghai to participate in a series of workshops and activities, to seek possibilities for further cooperation.
During the film fest, celebrities will be invited to give lectures for local enthusiasts.
They include Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, Israeli director Nadav Lapid, Spanish actress Rossy De Palma, and Iranian pianist and film composer Peyman Yazdanian.
They will share with audiences their own experience in telling powerful stories, depicting impressive roles on the screen and creating touching film scores.
This year’s SIFF Project, which has discovered many talented young filmmakers and new film projects over the years, will introduce a total of 30 film pitches, selected from 454 candidates.
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, Chinese mainland producer Shen Yang and Taiwan director Leste Chen will judge the new film projects and select the ones with the best creativity and market potential.
Most shows and films not in English will have English subtitles.
About 500 outstanding domestic and foreign productions in various genres will be screened this year in 47 local theaters.
Ticket sales started on June 8. Public screenings will also be arranged for college students in Songjiang District.
SIFF to screen Greek master Angelopoulos' films
By Xu Wei
The 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival which will be held from June 15 to 24, announced that it will screen the representative works of Greek film master Theo Angelopoulos as part of its “Tribute to Film Masters” program.
Angelopoulos died in a road accident seven years ago in Athens.
Born in 1935, Angelopoulos studied cinema at the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris. His childhood experience of the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II and the 1946-49 Greek civil war had a profound influence on his movies.
Known for his sad and slow directing style, his movies usually tackle the themes of history, war, politics and humanity.
In 1995, he received the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “Ulysses’ Gaze.” Three years later, “Eternity and a Day” won him the Palme d’Or at the festival.
The festival will screen seven of his movies: “Broadcast,” “Reconstruction,” “The Hunters,” “The Beekeeper,” “The Dust of Time,” “Landscape in the Mist,” and the “Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow.”
The short film “Broadcast” is Angelopoulos’ directorial venture while he made his mark in his first feature “Reconstruction.”
“The Beekeeper” marks the first collaboration between Angelopoulos and celebrated Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. It is a love tale of an ordinary man, but it also reflects the tremendous social changes in Greece.
The epic film “The Dust of Time” features lavish scenes as it was shot in six countries such as Germany, Poland and the United States.
The story of “Landscape in the Mist” is inspired by the news of a child who leaves home to look for his father.
The historical film “Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow” is a tragic tale inspired by Greek mythology and philosophy. With poetic and surreal shots, it chronicles the history of Greece.