Aaron Eckhart, Famke Janssen to attend fest

Beijing — Thesps Heather Graham and Li Bingbing, producer Terence Chang and helmers Zhang Yang from China, Bela Tarr from Hungary and Iranian Rakhshan Bani-Etemad will join jury prexy Jean-Jacques Annaud to judge the Golden Goblet prize at the 15th Shanghai Film Festival.

The fest will feature around 300 Chinese and foreign films at 28 cinemas from June 16 to 24.

Shanghai will show movies by Annaud in the Tribute to Masters section.

The fest has secured a host of big names to attend the event, a sign of its growing importance as a regional fest.

Among the more than 400 biz figures due to walk the red carpet at the Shanghai Grand Theater on June 16 will be Hollywood stars Aaron Eckhart and Famke Janssen, Japan’s Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Korea’s Kwon Sang-woo, Hong Kong stars Tony Leung and Chow Yun-fat, and Mainland topliner Zhang Ziyi.

The organizers said 417 producers and buyers have registered to attend the market from June 18 to 20. The market is combining the China Film Pitch and Co-production Pitch and Catch sessions and renaming them SIFF Project Market. Eight Chinese projects and 25 Chinese-foreign co-production projects will be presented.

The fest’s Golden Goblet Awards lineup includes two Russian pics, Karen Shakhnazarov’s “White Tiger” and Pavel Lungin’s “The Conductor,” and “Chrysalis” from Spain’s Paula Ortiz.

The event has received 1,643 entries from 106 countries and regions competing in various categories.

Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi will serve as jury chairman of the Asian New Talent Award, which includes two pics from China, Peng Lei’s “Follow Follow” and He Wenchao’s “Sweet Eighteen.”

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