THE 20th Shanghai International Film Festival, to be held from today until June 26, has received a record 2,528 entries from 106 countries and regions. More than 500 movies from those entries will be selected to constitute the list of “Film Panorama.”
Several of them will be shortlisted for the Golden Goblet Awards and the Asian New Talent Awards.
Tickets for the festival are now on sale at 45 local theaters or online at dianying.taobao.com. The theaters across the city include the Shanghai Film Art Center, Grand Theater, Peace Cinema and the Majestic Theater.
During the festival, both classic and new films will be screened with around 1,500 screenings offered.
Movies from home and abroad will be viewed in varied units, and tributes will be made to the masters, 4K restoration films, sci-fi, suspense thrillers, Internet movies, FOX 2000 and classic Disney animations.
In the unit of “Tribute to Masters,” the festival will tip its hat to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who was one of the “four masters of New German Cinema.” His six classic works — “Love Is Colder Than Death,” “Fear Eats the Soul,” “Fontane Effi Briest,” “Chinese Roulette,” “World on a Wire” and “Veronika Voss” — will be shown to commemorate the 35th anniversary of his death.
In the “4K Restoration Film” unit, classic movies will be remastered digitally in 4K and displayed with a brand-new look. With the new technology, colors and contrast from old film footage will be enhanced for a new generation of film enthusiasts.
Among the restored classics are David Lynch’s thriller film “Eraser Head,” Mel Gibson’s epic movie “Braveheart,” the war epic “The Battle of Algiers,” drama film “The Tree of Wooden Clogs,” action movie “The Seven Samurai,” crime film “The Professional,” fantasy film “The Fifth Element,” comedy romance “Manhattan,” drama film “The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums,” suspense film “Tales of Ugetsu” and the cop movie “Heat.”
Ten classic Disney animated movies made from 1928 to 2011 will also be shown in a special unit, including “Steamboat Willie,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Dumbo,” “Bambi,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Fantasia” and “Winnie the Pooh” (2011).
They demonstrate the artistic achievements and technical progress of the Walt Disney Animation Studios over the past decades. Most of the 10 movies haven’t been shown on the Chinese mainland before.
“Steamboat Willie,” with a length of 7.42 minutes, is the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound. The short introduced Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie to the world. The short film will be shown ahead of any of the other nine movies.
Additionally, kung fu film enthusiastists will be delighted to attend the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week. Held in its third year, the movie week will offer acclaimed action-packed pictures, including the Chinese martial arts epic “Brotherhood of Blades,” American crime thriller “Suicide Squad,” American action horror film “Underworld: Blood Wars” and Indian action comedy “Shivaay.”
Six nostalgic movies of the Hong Kong action-film legend will also be screened during the festival, including “Project A,” “Wheels On Meals,” “Police Story,” “Armour of God,” “Miracle” and “ Project Eagle.” All these movies were produced from 1983 to 1991, when the Hong Kong cinema was experiencing a golden era.
The 63-year-old action star started his film career as an anonymous stunt man. To date he has starred in more than 200 movies, many of which are box-office hits. Last year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Chan an honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement, making him the first Chinese to receive such an award.
The festival will also offer film exhibitions of Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Thailand. Other film classics to be screened include the historical film “The Battleship Potemkin,” biopic film “Caravaggio,” fantasy thriller “Destiny” and drama film “Tokyo Drifter.” All of them are critically acclaimed for their profound influence on the world cinema particularly in cinematography and film aesthetics.