Over 400 suited and sequin-frocked celebrities touched down on the red carpet at the Shanghai Grand Theater for the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival yesterday evening, including British actor Hugh Grant, South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, who took the opportunity to proclaim her fondness of Chinese women.
Here’s the run-down:
Grant, who was there on his first trip to Shanghai, called the city “very beautiful”. John Cusack walked down the red carpet with the cast of Dragon Blade, a Chinese epic war movie in which he stars with Jackie Chan, and Kidman said she felt a ‘strong connection’ with China because she’d learned a lot about the country from her Chinese friend.
“I like Chinese women. I like that they’re strong and they have a very good sense of humor,” she said when answering a question about Chinese culture. “That’s my dream, one day to play a Chinese woman,” she added, laughing.
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. “Gong said she hoped audiences would view the films not just with their eyes, but also with their hearts,” according to Shanghai Daily.
Fifteen movies from various genres are in the running for the Golden Goblet awards this year, and festival-goers can expect a choice of around 900 screenings in 35 theaters.
[Images via China.cn]