At a lavish promotional event in Cannes, the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (June 17th-26th) announced its first competition titles and the jury members for its prizes.
The main competition’s first eight titles are: Brigsby Bear (USA), Fault Condition (Romania), My Brother Simple (Germany), Mad to Be Normal (UK), I’m a Killer (Poland), Tsuioku (追憶) (Japan), Kharms (Russia) and Our Time Will Come (明月幾時有)(China/Hong Kong).
Our Time Will Come will also serve as the opening film of the festival. Directed by Ann Hui, the war drama tells the true story of Fang Lan, a Hong Kong primary school teacher who joins a guerrilla force during the Japanese occupation. Produced by Bona Film Group, the film stars Zhou Xun, Eddie Peng, Wallace Huo and Deanie Ip. It’s set for theatrical release on July 1st.
In addition, the festival announced the members of its three competitions. In the main Golden Goblet Award competition, director Can Baoping, scriptwriter Li Qiang, director Milcho Manchevski, director Sabu, producer Gary Michael Walters and actress Xu Qing will join jury president Cristian Mungiu. Kazuhiro Soda, Du Haibin and Iikka Vehkalahti will make up the documentary category jury. Finally, Junji Kobayashi, Tony Bancroft and Yuen Mei will take on the animation category.
Earlier, the fest announced that it would include a “One Belt One Road” section, featuring films from countries under the Chinese economic initiative, several Japanese titles as well as a retrospective dedicated to classic Disney animated films.