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Shanghai opens doors cautiously

Kiwi features Chronesthesia and One Thousand Ropes play the Shanghai International Film Festival, which opened over the weekend.

Now out on disc here courtesy of Madman, Chronesthesia (travelling internationally as Love and Time Travel) heads to China with director Hayden Weal and producer Steve Barr in attendance. Producer Catherine Fitzgerald attends with One Thousand Ropes, which also played the just-completed Sydney Film Festival and sold out its first screening in Shanghai.

Although there’s no direct NZFC participation in the festival and ancillary events this year, there’s still other NZ activity up there. As announced ahead of time, there’ll be a launch event in Shanghai for Pow Group, which brings together John McKay’s POW Studios, Fitzgerald’s Blueskin Films and James Partridge’s Admit One. The launch event will also announce the joint venture with Chinese animation studio Nanjing Phoenix.

POW Studios has been busy over the last year on a successful joint venture with Korean company XrisP to produce kids’ animated TV show Nori: Roller Coaster Boy. The Koreans are generally not in favour in China at present, with ongoing tension between the two countries causing an absence of Korean films from the Shanghai programme.



The festival’s Golden Goblet competition line-up includes both veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui’s Our Time Will Come and Bille August’s The Chinese Widow. Hui’s film was orignally announced as the festival’s opening title, before being replaced without explanation.

The Shanghai international Film Festival runs until 26 June.

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