The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival kicked off today and it was announced that “Southpaw” is one of the movies screening in competition for the Golden Goblet Award. This means a world premiere screening for the movie. A press conference and the official screening will be held on June 21st according to the official schedule. The website also reveals the following plot:
Synopsis:The film tells the story of a professional boxing champion who falls to the bottom of his life and manages to return to the top. Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is a one-time boxer at the height of his fame, has a fancy house and a loving family. Despite his career, his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) pleads for him to quit so he can spend time with his daughter Leila. He announces his retirement during a party, but when Maureen is accidentally killed during an altercation with another boxer, his world falls apart. When he loses Leila to child protection services due to his destructive behavior, his last hope is to return to the world of boxing with the help of trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker) in order to reunite with Leila.
The Shanghai Film Festival runs from June 13-21. No word yet if the cast and/or crew are attending the festival. It was previously reported that the movie will open the 13th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy next month.