Marco Bellocchio and Pierfrancesco Favino will fly to China for the 22nd edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-24). With them, an artistic delegation of unprecedented proportions: a record-breaking number of 21 Italian films have been selected for the festival, with 23 talents attending the event. This ideally celebrates the 20-year-long friendship among the Festival and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, who made possible for about 250 films and 150 talents to participate in the festival throughout the years, one of the top cinema events in Asia and one of the biggest in the world.

The Traitor will be presented in the “Belt and Road” section. For the occasion, Bellocchio and Favino will hold a masterclass. Two Italian titles in the main competition: Sergio Rubini’s The Great Spirit and Katja Colija’s Rosa starring Anita Kravos. Paolo Genovese is among the jurors, and his Perfect Strangers will be screened in his honor at the festival. Other jury members include Zhao Tao, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Aleksey German Jr, Rajkumar Hirani, Nicolas Celis, Wang Jingchun.

The eclectic Shanghai selection presents a comprehensive portrait of today’s Italy and its cinema. Further Italian films to be screened at the festival include: Phaim Buhyian’s Bangla, Matteo Rovere’s The First King, Paolo Zucca’s The Man Who Bought the Moon, Leonardo D’Agostini’s The Champion, Alessandro Genovesi’s When Mom Is Away, Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas. Bulgari, official partner of the festival, will present Paolo Sorrentino’s Il divo and Giorgio Capitani’s Puccini.

A good number of the Italian films to be present in Shanghai already have a Chinese distributor on board. In the past few years, the Chinese film market has finally found its own definition by developing a new tendency: now that the digital platform frenzy has been overcome, the market registers a new attention towards the theatrical releases.

The selections for the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival have been organized in Rome by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, that will also coordinate the artistic delegation during the festival days.