The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.
The 17th SIFF, which took place from June 14 -22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialised competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The
festival opened in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully
restored using 4K full-colour technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full colour feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marked its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.
The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which are not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.
The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.
In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie lineup using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.