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The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival Looks Incredible So Far

Jun 5, 2017 | 17:44 Mon
A yearly event that previously had people queuing up overnight and caused Taobao's ticketing server to crash for over an hour -- Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), recently announced batches of screening lists, and there are more to come. From June 16 to June 27, hundreds of movies (last year it was around 600) will be showing at various cinemas in Shanghai, across all districts.


The main venue, of course, is still at Shanghai Film Art Center. This is where most of the important press conferences, celebrities meet and greet, director Q&A take place. Also, that's the major venue where people started to line up a day before the ticket sales begin.

This year, as Shanghai Film Festival welcomes its 20th edition and it looks better and larger than ever. The Majestic Theatre, for example, is a new member to joins the SIFF. This 76-year-old venue can hold over 1,000 people, and recently converted to a 4K/3D cinema/theater.

Some film highlights:

SIFF's Tribute to Masters features classic films from two European filmmakers: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Jean-Pierre Melville. Five to six of their works are on the list.

The 4K Restoration section looks awesome as always: Manhattan, The Battle of Algiers, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums just to name few.

Other classics that will be showing in 4K.

SIFF is also the only time of the year where we can get to see some uncensored R-rated films. A bunch of cult hits: Pulp Fiction, Pink Floyd: The Wall, The Exorcist, Ring, Fight Club, and Deadpool will be playing for the first time in Mainland China. For more recent films, they have T2 Trainspotting, Don't Breathe, and Underworld: Blood Wars.

Speaking of Deadpool, another well-regarded R-rated superhero film is also on the list -- Logan. Well, this one is a bit special, because it's the black and white version! Which so far has only been played in selected cinemas in the US.

Will SIFF feature the black and chrome edition of Mad Max: Fury Road? One can only hope. His world is fire. His world is blood.

A new section called 'Bridge' will bring five new independent films to our cinemas. And the main film crew behind these films will show up at SIFF as well. These include Brigsby Bear (dubbed "the Trueman show meets Room"), Some Freaks, and Marjorie Prime.

Nine Disney classics, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast(1991), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) will be showing at SIFF.

2016's highly-acclaimed Cameraperson, and Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach are among many documentaries that will be showing at SIFF this year.

A complete list of SIFF's schedule will be announced sometime around June 9, their latest news is a good place to look at if you want to get prepared beforehand. The pre-sale will launch on June 11, at 8am sharp, available online at Taobao's Taopiaopiao (淘票票), and all the SIFF cinemas' box offices.


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