Hollywood talent including Bradley Cooper and Ian McKellen and directors Ang Lee and Renny Harlin were on hand Saturday night to fete the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19, 2016).
The growing overseas star-power at the event reflects the exponential expansion of the Chinese film industry and its ripple effect across the global movie business. The opening night took place as the Chinese-financed, Legendary Entertainment-produced “Warcraft” surpassed $140 million on its fourth day of release in China.
Emir Kusturica was on stage as jury president, along with Canadian director Atom Egoyan, Korean producer and main competition juror Jonathan Kim.
Other execs and VIPs in attendance included Tang Media executive Janet Yang, Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee, Hong Kong director Derek Yee, China Film Co’s La Peikang, ace producer Bill Kong, Bona Film Group boss Yu Dong, the MPA’s Mike Ellis and China representative William Feng and IMAX Pictures’ Greg Foster.
Next week the Chinese megacity will also play host to more stars and executives for the opening Thursday (June 16) of the Shanghai Disney Resort.