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50,000 film tickets sold for festival in single day

TICKETS went on sale yesterday for the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, with 50,000 sold by late afternoon.

Group and individual tickets were available at 28 cinemas around the city, including the Shanghai Film Art Center, Stellar Cinema City and Yonghua Cinema.

Movie buffs can also buy tickets online or via cell phone. Prices for screenings range from 40 yuan (US$6.35) to 60 yuan.

More than 300 classic and new foreign and domestic films will be screened during the festival between June 16 to 24.

The organizing committee said it was pleased with the take up on the first day.

Despite the hot, humid conditions, film fans flocked to the Shanghai Film Art Center - the festival's main venue - early yesterday to snap up tickets.

Chinese classics

Among those was Xie Guoping, a retired teacher who has attended festival screenings for many years.

He bought tickets for newly restored version of Chinese classics "Crossroads" and "Spring River Flows East."

"The movies played an important role in the development of Chinese cinema," Xie said, "It is good that restored versions are being shown at the festival."

Also queuing was Zhu Ying, a local university student, who bought tickets for Golden Bear winning Italian drama "Caesar Must Die."

"The festival provides a good opportunity for my classmates and I to see many outstanding art house and experimental films," Zhu said.

Shanghai Film Art Center has taken around 600,000 yuan (US$94,379) in ticket sales, said manager Zhang Bin.

Japanese suspense thriller "The Wings of the Kirin," along with "W.E.," a British romantic drama co-written and directed by Madonna, and Tim Burton's new comedy horror film "Dark Shadows" are among the most popular movies so far.

"The film fest continues to offer an array of diverse films," Zhang said. "A lot more films this year also give the audience a chance to meet cast members ahead of the screening."

Films showing at Stellar Cinema City at Pudong include French musical murder-mystery "8 Women," Danish drama "Melancholia" and South Korean thriller "The Host 3D."

Yonghua Cinema said it had sold 200,000 yuan worth of tickets, with Italian comedy drama "We Have the Pope" popular.

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