Only this week officially confirmed as going ahead, the Shanghai International Film Festival has announced some of the first titles to be selected.
The festival will run 25 July to Aug. 2 combining a mixture of theatrical screenings in front of live audiences, outdoor screenings and online streaming. It will include a conference series known as the Golden Goblet Forum, its International Film and TV Market, a Belt and Road Film Week, and the SIFF project market.
Cinemas in China only begin to operate from Monday 20 July. And the festival will be expected to play its part in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. There will be no festival guests from overseas and tickets will only be sold online, starting from July 20 through vendor Taopiaopiao.
The first nine titles announced for the Golden Goblet competition section include: “Feel Your Memories,” from Italian director Cristina Comencini; “Helene,” a biopic about Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck directed by Antti Jokinen, and whose streaming rights in China were recently acquired by Hugoeast; Japanese drama about two youngsters “One Summer Story,” directed by Shuichi Okita; “Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz,” an award-winning tragedy drama about a jazz pianist, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca; Argentinian title “Island of Lies,” directed by Paula Cons; another Argentinian title “Ciegos,” a coming of age story in which a 13-year-old boy makes a journey with his blind father; and Greek-German co-production “All The Pretty Little Horses” by Michalis Konstantatos.
So far the competition section includes two titles from China: “Back to the Wharf,” directed by Li Xiaofeng; and “The Reunions,” by Da Peng.
The incomplete documentary section includes: “Like the Dyer’s Hand,” directed by China’s Chen Tsun-shing; “Minamata Mandala,” directed by Japan’s Kazuo Hara; “An Elegy to Forgetting,” directed by The Philippines’ Kristoffer G. Brugada.
Organizers also revealed the first four animated features: “Finger’s Tale,” directed by Russia’s Konstantin Shekin; “The Old Man Movie,” from Estonia and co-directed by Mikk Magi and Oskar Lehemaa; China’s Boonie Bears: The Wild Life,” by Leon Ding; and “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop,” by Japan’s Kyohei Ishiguro.