The Shanghai International Film Festival returns in its 14th incarnation this weekend! From June 11th-19th, over two hundred films (including “seven film noir classics”) will be shown in 24 theaters across the city.
This year’s SIFF will promise to include something for just about everybody. Films range from the acclaimed German documentary “Pina”, to older classics such as Fritz Lang’s epic “Metropolis”. To see the full list of movies and show times please visit here.
Along with the other festivities, SIFF will also be hosting one of its biggest attraction; the annual Asia New Talent Award (ANTA). Begun in 2004 ANTA seeks to find the best emerging young directors throughout Asia and give them an international platform to showcase their talents. This year 9 films are competing for the award.
BIRTH RIGHT (Japan, 2010, 108’)
Directed by Naoki Hashimoto
Ayano, an energetic teen, is told by a classmate that a “super cute” boy has a crush on her and wants to meet her later that day. Ayano agrees to meet, but is soon kidnapped by a unknown person and locked in a basement.
WAYS OF THE SEA (Philippines, 2010, 76’)
Directed by Sheron Dayoc
“The film tackles the relevant theme of exploitation and human trafficking from Mindanao to Malaysia. The story follows the journey of different people as they take a arduous journey into uncharted territories in the hopes of substituting certain poverty”
THE DAY GOES AND THE NIGHT COMES (Iran, 2010, 94’)
Directed by Omid Bonakdar & Keivan Alimohammadi
“Fashion designer, Fouzhan Rahaie is going to marry her cousin, but when a young man named Babak Barman steps into her life, she must face new problems….”
SUN BEATEN PATH (China, 2010, 88’)
Directed by Song Taijia
A son kills his mother and, in his grief, travels to Lhasa on a pilgrimage. He meets an old man on his way back and the two forge a unique bond while traveling through “no man’s land.”
KAASAN MOM’S LIFE (Japan, 2010, 114’)
Directed by Syoutarou KOBAYASI
Rieko SAIBARA is hardworking mother who must deal with the strains of taking care of her children while her husband is away being treated for alcohol dependency. This is the story of one families difficulties with living with an abusive alcoholic father.
TD DASAN STD VI B (India, 2010, 98’)
Directed by Mohan Raghavan
Chandrika’s husband deserted her and her son years ago. Since then, she has learned to fend for herself and her family without the help of a man. Her son however soon founds out about their missing father and sends a letter to him….
RETURN TICKET (China, 2010, 85’)
Directed by Yung-Shing TENG
From the neon lights of China’s major cities, to the rice fields of it’s countrysides. This is the tale of one migrant’s arduous journey home.
ROSARIO (Philippines, 2010, 115’)
Directed by Alberto P. Martinez
Rosario, a young and liberated woman in the 1920s has just arrived from New York and is spending her vacation in hacienda. There, she meets and falls in love with Vicente, an older man who manages the tobacco plantation owned by Rosario’s family. What happens when Rossario’s father finds out about her and Vincentes forbidden affair?
THE DEVIL INSIDE ME (China, 2011, 93’)
Directed by ZHANG Qi
After a heart transplant surgery, LIN Yan found that her heart is going to make her into a different person. Lin Yan must now track down the heart’s previous owner and find out who she is to become.
True to it’s international name, Susan Sarandon, Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, and Rupert Murdoch, have all apparently made confirmations that they will attend this years Festival. We know, we know, not the biggest A-list celebs, but it is something.
In addition, Oscar-winner Barry Levinson ( “Rain Man”) along with Japanese director Yoichi Sai, British screenwriter Christopher Hampton and Spanish actress Paz Vega will be the jury to decide who shall receive the festivals biggest prize “the Golden Goblet”. The Golden Goblet this year is apparently being contested by 1,519 films from 102 countries. Who would have thought?
Yes, they are showing some predictably average films. Yes, this Film festival really isnt international quality. But, if you just dig through the garbage a little bit, you will actually find some real gems worth watching
Tickets go from 40-60RMB, but act fast because apparently already 600,000RMB worth of tickets have been sold and some showings are booked out completely. To buy tickets online click here. Tickets may also be purchased via cell phone, or you could of course just turn up at one of the many different theaters partaking in the event.
By Patrick Keefe