Shanghai Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

Shanghai Festival Unveils Competition Lineup
Courtesy of Shanghai International Film Festival


Titles including Werner Herzog’s “Salt And Fire,” Bruce Beresford’s “Mr. Church” and “Coke and Bull” directed by Chinese rocker Cao Baoping are among the highlights of the main competition line up for the Shanghai International Film Festival. The festival runs June 11-19, 2016.

A jury headed by Serbian director Emir Kusturica will decide the winner, who will receive a Golden Goblet (aka Jinjue) Award. Other jurors include Atom Egoyan, Daniele Luchetti, Pema Tseden, Karena Lam, Abderrahmane Sissako, and Yan Geling.

Other competition titles include Ulrich Thomsen’s “In Embryo,” “Soul on a String” by Zhang Yang and “The Projects” directed by Sakamoto Junji. The animation section includes “April and the Extraordinary World” and Takahashi Shigeruharu’s “Yokai Watch,” while the documentary section includes Sweden’s “The Girl Who Saved My Life.”

Beyond the main competition the festival ranges from the sublime to the more commonplace.

Like several other festivals this year, Shanghai is putting on a selection of Shakespeare-related films, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of playwright William Shakespeare. Veteran British actor Ian McKellen will be on hand to hold a discussion about his 1995 “Richard III.”

The multiple other tribute sections are variously dedicated to Woody Allen, Luchino Visconti and Andrei Tarkovsky, restored classics and the films of the late Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung.

A selection of Oscar-winning titles includes: “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “Room,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Danish Girl,” “Steve Jobs,” and “Joy.”

According to Chinese media, seven James Bond movies and all eight “Harry Potter” movies will also play. The “Jackie Chan Action Movie Week,” a collection endorsed by the kung fu star, also returns for its second year.

Main Competition Titles
“Coke and Bull” dir.  Cao Baoping
“De Lan” dir.  Liu Jie
“Flowers of Evil” dir.  Antti Jokinen
“Forest, 4 am” dir.  Jan Jakub Kolski
“Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs” dir.  Andreas Gruber
“Hamog” dir. Ralston Jover
“Hear the Silence” dir.  Ed Ehrenberg
“In Embryo” dir. Ulrich Thomsen
“Mr. Church” dir.  Bruce Beresford
“The Projects”dir.  Sakamoto Junji
“Salt and Fire” dir.  Werner Herzog
“See You in Texas” dir.  Vito Palmieri
“Soul on a String” dir.  Zhang Yang
“Sound and Fury” dir.  Hooman Seyadi

Documentary Film Competition Titles
“The Girl Who Saved My Life” dir.  Hogir Hirori
“Mr. Gaga” dir.  Tomer Heymann
“Roof of The World” dir.  Cang Hairuo
“We Are X” dir.  Stephen Kijak
“When Two Worlds Collide” dir. Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel

Animated Film Competition Titles
“April and the Extraordinary World” dir.  Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
“Molly Monster” dir.  Ted Sieger
“Pat and Mat” dir.  Marek Benes
“Rock Dog” dir.  Ash Brannon
“Yokai Watch” dir.  Takahashi Shigeruharu

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  1. Jean-Michel says:

    As far as I can tell, Cao Baoping has no background in music, and certainly not enough to be described as a “rocker” above all else—he’s a well-established filmmaker best known for last year’s THE DEAD END and the Zhou Xun vehicle THE EQUATION OF LOVE AND DEATH.

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