Shanghai Festival Closes With ‘Transformers IV’ Premiere, Completes Competition Line-up

HONG KONG – The upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival has set “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as its closing film on June 22.

The Michael Bay-directed film was partially shot on multiple locations in China and Hong Kong. It sees China Central Television’s China Movie Channel (CCTV6) as a production partner alongside Paramount Pictures and DiBonaventura Pictures. CCTV6 last year ran a talent show to cast young Chinese actors for supporting roles in the picture.

The film will open around Asia from June 25 and in North America from June 27.

Previous editions of the franchise have done huge business in China. “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” grossed $165 million in China.

The festival will open with the 4K restoration of Chinese classic, “Two Stage Sisters,” bowing some 50 years after its first release.

SIFF also completed its main competition line-up with the addition of four more recent movies.

The fest (14-22 June) has added Brad Anderson’s thriller “Eliza Graves,” Aaron Wilson’s wartime adventure “Canopy,” “The Sacred Arrow,” by China’s Pema Tseden, and “The Target,” the Korean thriller (pictured) that last month appeared in official selection, out of competition in Cannes. Directed by Chang (real name Yoon Hong-seung), the film is a remake of French thriller “Point Blank.”

The four additions, bring to 15 the total number of films competing for Shanghai’s Golden Goblet prize (see below for complete list).

The awards will be made by a jury that is headed by Chinese actress Gong Li and also includes the UK’s Sally Potter, Korean director Im Sangsoo (“The Housemaid”), Japanese director Shunji Iwai (“All About Lily Chou-Chou”), Chinese director Liu Jie (“Courthouse on Horseback,”), Iran’s Payman Maadi (“About Elly” as actor), and Denmark’s Lone Scherfig (“Italian For Beginners”.)

2014 Shanghai Golden Goblet Competition line-up (complete)
“Ant Story,” dir. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh)
“Begin Again,” dir. John Carney (U.S.)
Canopy,” dir. Aaron Wilson (Australia)
“Diplomatie,” dir. Volker Schloendorff (Ger.)
Eliza Graves,” dir. Brad Anderson (U.S.)
“Elle l’Adore,” dir. Jeanne Herry (France)
“The Last Executioner,” dir. Tom Waller (Thailand)
“Mikra Anglia,” dir. Pantelis Voulgaris (Greece)
“Maiko wa Lady,” dir. Masayuki Suo (Japan)
“Predestination,” dirs. Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Australia)
“The Sacred Arrow,” dir. Pema Tseden (China)
“Snow,” dir. Mehdi Rahmani (Iran)
The Target,” dir. Chang (South Korea)
“The Uncle Victory,” dir. Zhang Meng (China)
“The Woods Are Still Green,” dir. Marko Nabersnik (Germany)

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