Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman Add International Star Power to Shanghai Film Festival

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International film industry heavyweights will be in Shanghai for the Shanghai International Film Festival, which begins on June 14.

This year’s festival received the most competition entries in its history, with 1,099 entries for the Golden Goblet Award and 1,808 for the Film Panorama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Overall, the festival will screen an estimated 900 films in 35 theaters around the city.

Of those 900 films, there are a number of Hollywood movies slated. With shooting locations in Hong Kong and China, Transformers: Age of Extinction will close the festival after the success of previous installments of the franchise in China. Also set to be screened are Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, and Nicholas Powell’s Outcast, starring Hayden Christensen. Both of those actors will be in attendance along with Natalie Portman, Hugh Grant, and Kirsten Dunst, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

As a showcase of Chinese movie heritage, a screening of “Two Stage Sisters,” restored in 4K resolution, will open the festival. “Love and Obligation” and “Goddess” will also be screened, 80 years after their debut in China, reports Shanghai Daily.

Chinese actress Gong Li will head the festival jury, the first ever woman to be appointed jury president at the Shanghai International Film Festival. British director Sally Potter, Korean director Im Sang-soo, Chinese director Liu Jie, Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi, Danish director Lone Sherfig, and Japanese director Shunji Iwai will round out the jury.

Here is the full Golden Goblet competition line-up for this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, as reported by Variety:

“Ant Story,” dir. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh)
“Begin Again,” dir. John Carney (U.S.)
“Canopy,” dir. Aaron Wilson (Australia)
“Diplomatie,” dir. Volker Schloendorff (Ger.)
“Eliza Graves,” dir. Brad Anderson (U.S.)
“Elle l’Adore,” dir. Jeanne Herry (France)
“The Last Executioner,” dir. Tom Waller (Thailand)
“Mikra Anglia,” dir. Pantelis Voulgaris (Greece)
“Maiko wa Lady,” dir. Masayuki Suo (Japan)
“Predestination,” dirs. Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Australia)
“The Sacred Arrow,” dir. Pema Tseden (China)
“Snow,” dir. Mehdi Rahmani (Iran)
“The Target,” dir. Chang (South Korea)
“The Uncle Victory,” dir. Zhang Meng (China)
“The Woods Are Still Green,” dir. Marko Nabersnik (Germany)

The festival will run from June 14-22.

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