Both films are, in their own ways, stories about a clash between two characters: in Schlöndorff's film, they are historical figures of Raoul Norling (André Dussollier) and General von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), with the action set in the final moments of World War II. Jeanne Herry's film portrays a psychological duel between an acclaimed singer (played by Laurent Lafitte) and one of his admirers (Sandrine Kiberlain), who puts her own life in jeopardy for him. This is an eagerly-anticipated film that is slated for release in France on September 24.
It is worth noting that the festival's competition also includes The Target, a Korean remake of Point Blank by Fred Cavayé, which was presented out-of-competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The complete lineup:
Ant Story by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh)
Begin Again by John Carney (United States)
Canopy by Aaron Wilson (Australia)
Diplomatie by Volker Schlöndorff (France, Germany)
Eliza Graves by Brad Anderson (United States)
Elle l’adore by Jeanne Herry (France)
The Last Executioner by Tom Waller (Thailand)
Mikra Anglia by Pantelis Voulgaris (Greece)
Maiko wa Lady by Masayuki Suo (Japan)
Predestination by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Australia)
The Sacred Arrow by Pema Tseden (China)
Snow by Mehdi Rahmani (Iran)
The Target by Chang (South Korea)
The Uncle Victory by Zhang Meng (China)
The Woods Are Still Green by Marko Nabersnik (Germany)
For further details, visit the Shanghai International Film Festival's official website.