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Shanghai to kick off with Monsters University

Guests will linclude Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford, Oliver Stone, Tom Hooper.

The 16th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is set to open tomorrow (June 15) with the Asian premiere of Monsters University. The Pixar 3D comedy prequel marks the first time an animation is opening the mainland China fest.

SIFF will host stars such as Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren and her husband, Directors Guild of America president Taylor Hackford. Hitchcock (starring Mirren) and Parker (directed by Hackford) will screen during the fest.

US director Oliver Stone is set to receive an award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and participate in the SIFForum exchange with Chinese directors. Stone was on the first SIFF Golden Goblet Award jury in 1993.

This year, The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will head the Golden Goblet jury which includes Chinese actress Nan Yu, Czech director Jirí Menzel and Chinese director Ning Hao. Of the 14 finalists, the winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on June 23. (See below for full list.)

Along with Hitchcock, four other films will screen in 4K format in the SIFF Highlights section: Shoah, Lincoln, Lawrence of Arabia, and That Girl In Pinafore.

SIFF will also be showcasing restored classic Chinese films such as Beauty Road and Crows and Sparrows.

Golden Goblet Awards nominees

A Gun & A Ring (Canada) dir. Lenin M. Sivam

I Am You (Bulgaria) dir. Petar Popzlatev

Joy (Greece) dir. Elias Giannakakis

Maina (Canada) dir. Michel Paulette

The Major (Russia) dir. Yury Bykov

Reliance (Sweden) dir. William Olsson

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love (German/Belgium) dir. Sandra Nettelbeck

Taste Of Poetry (Turkey) dir. SavaşBaykal

Unbeatable (China) dir. Dante Lam

Under The Nagasaki Sky (Japan) dir. Taro Hyugaji

Fists Of Legend (Korea) dir. Kang Woo-suk

Amazing (China) dir. Hu Xuehua

The Stolen Years (HK) dir. Chun-Chun Wong

Legend No. 17 (Russia) dir. Nikolay Lebedev

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