Fruit Chan's 'Shining Moment' Joins Macao Film Festival Competition Lineup

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The inaugural event in southern China will open with Juliette Binoche's 'Polina,' and also includes the world premiere of Japanese director Takashi Miike's 'The Mole Song - Hong Kong Capriccio.'

Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan's children's dance drama Shining Moment will get its world premiere at the inaugural Macao International Film Festival (IFFAM).

The film joins 11 other international titles in the event's official competition section, which will be judged by a jury headed by two-time Academy Award-winning director Shekhar Kapur.

Other films competing at the event include Britain's Trespass Against Us, by Adam Smith and starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson; China's Hide and Seek, by Liu Jie; and Free Fire, by Ben Wheatley, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson; among others.

IFFAM opens on Dec. 8 with the Asian premiere of Polina by filmmakers Valerie Muller and Angelin Preljocaj, starring Anastasia Shevtsova, Niels Schneider and Juliette Binoche.

Japanese director Takashi Miike's The Mole Song – Hong Kong Capriccio and Korean director Park Jung Woo's Pandora will screen in the festival's Hidden Dragons strand, which highlights the latest trends in contemporary Asian genre cinema (More on the festival's program here).

Financed and organized by local government bodies in Macau — a former Portuguese colony turned casino enclave in southern China — Asian industry figures are watching to see whether the event can establish itself as a notable addition to the international festival calendar.

The debut edition was hit with a setback earlier this month, however, when its director, industry veteran Marco Mueller, abruptly quit. Mueller said he resigned over differences in opinion about how the festival should be run. Members of the IFFAM'S organizing team said at a press conference that they were considering taking legal action against him.