Oscar-winners Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman are set to attend Shanghai’s 17th international film festival (SIFF), giving the event some serious star power.
The event has become pretty big deal in the past few years and has been branded the largest growing international film festival in light of China’s skyrocketing box office. The film festival begins on on June 14 and lasts until June 22.
Kidman will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony where her latest debut, Princess of Monaco, will be screened. Portman, on her first visit to Shanghai, will attend the Golden Goblet awards ceremony on the final day of the event.
These aren’t the only big names due to walk to red carpet, as over 400 international film stars are expected to attend. Expect to see the likes of Hugh Grant, Kirsten Dunst, as well as Korean stars Rain, Son Tae-yeong and Song Seung-heon.
For the first time since the event started in 1993, the jury for the Golden Goblet competition will be headed by a woman, Chinese actress Gong Li. Though it looks like the seven-member jury panel, also made up of six international directors, are going to have a tough job on their hands as there had been a mammoth 1,099 submissions for the Golden Goblet Award, according to organisers.
The SIFF has become the best platform to showcase what Chinese filmmakers can do as it gathers the creme de la creme of the industry from all around the globe.
It typically consists of four major sections, Film Competitions where the Golden Goblet is most prestigious, SIFF Mart, Film Forum, and International Panorama.
The International Film Panorama will showcase works from the Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, French director Alain Renais, and Chinese directors Jiang Wen and Wu Tianming.
Attendees can also expect a blast from the past as old domestic movies that debuted about 80 years ago in the city have been restored. Love and Obligation and Goddess, starring actress Ruan Lingyu, is on the cards and will be shown during the festival.
To avoid being completely retrospective the festival will also screen more recently acclaimed films such as Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Like Father, Like Son and Sacro Gra.
Film buffs can expect a choice of around 900 screenings in 35 theaters this year. Some of the theatres that will screen the films are the Shanghai Film Art Center, Yonghua Cinema, Peace Cinema and Studio City Cinema. The films will be screened in English with Chinese subtitled.
By Sophie Regan