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‘Manchurian Tiger’

The 24th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), which runs from June 11-20, has unveiled the competition titles for its long-standing Golden Goblet Awards. 

The feature film category consists of 13 international titles, all world premieres, vying for eight awards. These include three from China: The Chanting Willows by Dai Wei, The Grace Ends by Wu Di, and Manchurian Tiger by Geng Jun.

The only other Asian title is Barbarian Invasion by Malaysian filmmaker Tan Chui Mui who also appears in the film as the lead actress. The rest of the line-up is mostly from Europe and the Middle East, such as Romanian director Daniel Sandu’s The Father Who Moves Mountains, Iranian director Abolfazl Jalili’s The Contrary Route, and Neighbours by Kurdish-Swiss director Mano Khalil.

Sitting on the jury panel are Chinese filmmaker Huang Jianxin as jury president, Singapore filmmaker Anthony Chen, Chinese actor/director Deng Chao, former Venice film festival head Marco Müller, China-based French producer Natacha Devillers, and Chinese actress Song Jia.

The Golden Goblet Awards also has categories for animations, documentaries and short films, which will be judged by separate juries. A physical awards ceremony will take place on June 19.

According to SIFF, a record high of 4,443 submissions from 113 countries and regions were received this year. More than 440 films will be screened during the festival, of which 73 are world premieres and 42 are international premieres. The full lineup, including the nominees for Asian New Talents Awards, will be announced soon.

This year’s SIFF will be a mostly physical event. The majority of the film screenings will be in-person and held at 40 cinemas in Shanghai. In accordance with COVID-19 regulations, all tickets will only be sold online and the seating capacity should be no more than 75%.

Golden Goblet Awards line-up

Main competition 

Amateurs (Poland)
Dir. Iwona Siekierzyńska

Barbarian Invasion (Malaysia/Hong Kong/Philippines)
Dir. Tan Chui Mui

The Chanting Willows (China)
Dir. Dai Wei 

The Conscience (Russia)
Dir. Alexey Viktorovich Kozlov 

The Contrary Route (Iran)
Dir. Abolfazl Jalili 

The Father Who Moves Mountains (Romania)
Dir. Daniel Sandu 

Future Is A Lonely Place (Germany)
Dirs. Martin Hawie, Laura Harwarth

The Grace Ends (China)
Dir. Wu Di 

Manchurian Tiger (China)
Dir. Geng Jun 

Neighbours (Switzerland)
Dir. Mano Khalil 

Pure White (Turkey)
Dir. Necip Çağhan Özdemir 

Since August (US)
Director: Diana Zuros 

To Feel (Russia)
Dir. Vitaliy Saltykov 


Even Mice Belong In Heaven (Czech Republic/France/Poland)
Dirs. Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubenícek 

Gulliver Returns (Ukraine)
Dir. Ilya Maksimov 

New Happy Dad And Son 4Perfect Dad (China)
Dirs. He Cheng, Liu Kexin 

Realm Of Terracotta (China)
Dir. Lin Yongchang 

Tarsilinha (Brazil)
Dirs. Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo 


All In (China)
Dir. Zhou Hao 

Fort Apache (Italy)
Dirs. Ilaria Galanti, Simone Spampinato

Kodokushi (Turkey)
Dir. Ensar Altay 

Mayor, Shepherd, Widow, Dragon (Bulgaria/Germany)
Dir. Eliza Petkova 

Sisyphus (Mexico)
Dirs. Santiago Mohar Volkow, Nicolás Gutiérrez Wenhammar