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Shanghai International Film Festival Releases Schedule; Box Office Opens Saturday Morning

Jun 8, 2018 | 16:23 Fri
At the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival, their 21st edition, around 500 films will be played at 45 cinemas in Shanghai from June 16 to June 25, across every district. The schedule is currently being released on SIFF's official website, you can also download an Exel version from that page. Just like every year, it's overwhelmingly good. This year, though, SIFF's box office will open on their official ticketing partner Taopiaopiao first, two hours earlier than the offline outlets, on June 9 at 8am. That doesn't guarantee it would be less competitive to get your tickets for the popular films, as SIFF has the largest audience among its international peers. In the upcoming week, approximately 450,000 tickets will be available. Click through for some highlights of the schedule.


Palme d′Or Winner Shoplifters to Make Its China Debut


This one's fresh out of Cannes, winner of the Palme d′Or. Japanese drama Shoplifters (directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda) will make its appearance in China just one month after its Cannes debut. Winner of the Best Director, Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War, winner of the Prix du Jury, Lebanese director-actress Nadine Labaki's Cafarnaúm are also featured.

Films from Enyedi, Hitchcock, and More on the 4k Restoration Program

The 4K Restoration program looks great as always, The initiative covers newly restored classics that just premiered at Berlinale and Venice Film Festival. Those include Hungarian surrealistic drama My 20th Century (director Ildikó Enyedi is said to attend a Q&A session after the screening), Hitchcock's Vertigo and Rebecca (arguably the best digitally restored work from him), Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the 50th Anniversay 4K restoration of The Guaduate. Read more about them here.

'Tribute to Masters' Series Gets Artsy, Steamy


Film lovers in China will get to indulge in some uncensored artsy, erotic or gruesome films. The Tribute To Masters program this year features six films from Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, including Belles de Jour and That Obscure Object of Desire, four from Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. As for fans of horror and gore, The Midnight Fantasy program is packed with goodies. From recent thriller hits like Get Out and IT, to horror masterpieces like The Shining and Halloween. There's also a series dedicated to the Predator franchise.

James Cameron Finally Gets That Leg Up He So Desperately Needs

Known for his big-screen blockbuster filmmaking, James Cameron is getting special attention at the SIFF this year. Five of his iconic films are included in the Tribute to Masters program, which will be played at a couple of high-specs cinemas in Shanghai; also epic and fun to watch are the Marvel 10 Years and Magic Reimagination selections, among them there are two Avengers, Captain America franchise, Ghostbusters (in 4K plus the sequel) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Because you probably haven't seen those yet, right?

The French New Wave Represented in the Documentary Program


SIFF's Documentary selections have always been strong. Previously we've mentioned the attendance of French new wave filmmaker Agnès Vardar alongside her latest work Faces and Places. In addition to that, last year's critically acclaimed Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, Jane and A Little Wisdom are all worth noticing.


The ticket price of SIFF hasn't changed much for over a decade, meaning the majority of the screening will be available at 60rmb, with the exception of 4K restoration films (80rmb - 120rmb). Still, it's hard not to splash out a couple of hundred kuai if you are a movie fan. Judging from previous years, some of the Chinese films will likely to have English subtitles if they were already screened at international film festivals, while foreign-language films will only have Chinese subtitles.

SIFF event details here. Official website here.



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