2009 Shanghai International Film Festival

12th annual fest runs June 13-21

Thursday, June 18

'Angels & Demons' to close Shanghai fest
Sony's "Angels and Demons" will Sunday become the first foreign movie to close the Shanghai film festival -- although it has not yet been cleared for commercial release by the Chinese authorities. Full story

Wednesday, June 17

Danny Boyle mum on Asia for next film
Danny Boyle won't say whether his next film will be in Asia or take on an Asian angle, but the "Slumdog Millionaire" director seems to be whooping it up on his first visit to China as much as he did in India. Full story

Tuesday, June 16

Co-productions the way to go, China says
Co-productions represent the road forward for the Chinese movie industry, filmmakers were told Tuesday, but there were different opinions over how far Chinese filmmakers should go. Full story

Monday, June 15

Filmmakers spar with financiers
A who's who of Chinese hit movie makers engaged U.S. venture capitalists and Hollywood entertainment attorneys in a debate about risks in China's rapidly expanding film industry Monday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Full story

China learns German for Focus
Teutons took the spotlight in China on Monday, where Kai Wessel's biopic "Hilde," of bold German chanteuse Hildegard Knef, had its international premiere to open the German Focus of 14 films and 10 shorts at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Full story

Sunday, June 14

Glickman prods China in Shanghai
As the U.S. awaits a World Trade Organization decision in its market access case against China, Hollywood's lead lobbyist visited the Shanghai International Film Festival to ask the government, industry insiders and future consumers to help push for an opening of the country's protectionist movie market. Full story

Shanghai, Media Asia, Zhang launch Chinese-language studio
A potentially powerful three-way moviemaking partnership was unveiled in China on Sunday, linking among the most successful talents in Chinese-language entertainment in order to feed the growing cinematic appetite of a swelling middle-class audience. Full story

Saturday, June 13

CAA signs director Lu Chuan
CAA has signed Chinese director Lu Chuan to help expand his budding career into Hollywood. Speaking at the opening of the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival, Lu said he and agent Jonah Greenberg of CAA's Beijing office have begun to work on two contemporary English-language projects. Full story

Shanghai fest opens with 'Wheat'

The world premiere of "Wheat," a cinematic look at war widows of third-century rural China by veteran filmmaker He Ping, opened the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. Full story

Americans focus on Fundamentals
Hoping to get a piece of the world's fastest-growing film market, two American brothers and their Chinese partners are building production-distribution outfit Fundamental Films in Shanghai. 
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Monday, June 8

European body supports titles in Shanghai
More European movies than ever will be backed to make a splash during the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival with a boost from European Film Promotion. Full story

Sunday, June 7

'Wheat' to wave at Shanghai fest
The Shanghai International Film Festival has set local film "Wheat" as its opening-night spectacular. Directed by He Ping, "Wheat" is a high-profile historical action drama starring Fang Bingbing, Wang Jue and Wang Zhiwen. Full story

Thursday, June 4

Shanghai Surprise
Special Report: China's largest film festival has become an unlikely ambassador for international cinema. Full story

Monday, May 11

Shanghai unveils 2009 competition slate
Shanghai International Film Festival organizers unveiled the films that will compete from June 13-21 for the "Jin Jue," or "golden goblet" awards in eight categories topped by best feature film, a prize taken home in 2008 by Russian Vladimir Kott's "Mukha." Full story

Monday, May 25

Andie MacDowell joins Danny Boyle on SIFF jury
American actress Andie MacDowell and "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau will join jury president and "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle in June to award eight Golden Goblet awards in China's only international movie competition. Full story

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