Two heavyweights to Shanghai

FESTIVAL. Susanne Bier and Bille August, who have both enjoyed the rare privilege of winning an Academy Award, are showing at this year's Shanghai Film Festival starting on 11 June.

Over 200 films are on the bill for Shanghai International Film Festival, one of East Asia's largest festival events and a bustling meeting place for filmmakers, film buffs and film buyers from around the world.

Susanne Bier, who is currently shooting her new film "The Bald Hairdresser" in Italy, is represented by her Oscar winner "In a Better World" in the main programme. Bille August is honorary guest at the festival where the director's work will be presented to the audience through three strong titles: his Palme d'Or and Oscar winner "Pelle the Conqueror" (1988), "The Best Intentions" (1992) with screenplay by Ingmar Bergman about Bergman's parents, and finally August's Victor Hugo adaptation "Les Misérables" (1998) starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman.

The festival audience will also have a chance to see Louise Friedberg's take on the extraordinary, true story of how the Danish government in the 1950s removed 16 Greenlandic children from their parents in order to turn them into good Danish citizens. "The Experiment", which is Friedberg's first feature, will appear in the Spectrum series.

Shanghai International Film Festival 11-19 June 2011