×

Shanghai Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

 

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

More Film

  • Picture Tree Intl. Picks Up Carolina

    Picture Tree Intl. Picks Up Carolina Hellsgård's 'Sunburned' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Picture Tree Intl. has acquired the rights to Carolina Hellsgård’s “Sunburned,” the follow-up feature to her zombie drama “Endzeit – Ever After.” PTI will be presenting first footage from the film, currently in post-production, at this year’s German Films Previews (July 3-6). “Sunburned” follows solitary teenager Claire on a family holiday in Spain. Neglected by [...]

  • Whoopi Goldberg addresses the crowd while

    Inside World Pride's Opening Ceremony: An LGBTQ Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

    World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggle of dancing drag queens who pranced alongside Lauper as she turned the train of [...]

  • Amy Adams (left) as Lynne Cheney

    Film News Roundup: Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Sets Awards Show for Jan. 11

    In today’s film news roundup, the 2020 awards season schedule gets finalized; AFM will cover immersive content; “Murderous Trance” and “7 Days to Vegas” get acquired; and Kate Katzman has been added to “The Comeback Trail.” AWARDS DATE The Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild has set Jan. 11 as the date for its seventh [...]

  • Disney Pandora World Of Avatar, Lake

    The Piano Guys Play 'Avatar' Theme in Disney World (Watch)

    The YouTube sensation The Piano Guys have taken a trip to the world of Pandora for a performance of the theme to “Avatar.” Shot in the bioluminescent floating forest in Disney World, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and pianist Jon Schmidt put their spin on the score to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster. The video immerses the [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Billy Drago, 'Untouchables' Star, Dies at 73

    Billy Drago, who often played harming but chilling gangster roles and appeared in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73. The character actor played Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in 1987’s “The Untouchables.” On TV series “Charmed,” he put [...]

  • Grant Sputore

    'I Am Mother' Director Tackles Margot Robbie-Produced Thriller 'Augmented'

    Warner Bros. has hired “I Am Mother” director Grant Sputore to helm the science-fiction thriller “Augmented” which Margot Robbie is producing, Variety has learned exclusively. Michael Lloyd Green is rewriting an original script by Mark Townend. Denise Di Novi and Tom Ackerley are also producing. Production companies are Robbie’s LuckyChap and Di Novi’s eponymous Di [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content