Chinese film cleared for Berlin fest

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7 February 2007, Beijing (dpa) - Censors have approved the entry of a controversial Chinese film into the Berlin Film Festival after five revisions, the producer said on Wednesday. "The process was not smooth," producer Fang Li said of the approval of Lost in Beijing, which is known as Pingguo (Apple) in Chinese. "We revised the film five times and finally got approval for the Berlin International Film Festival," Fang told dpa by telephone. Director Li Yu's film is set against the backdrop of the thousands

7 February 2007

Beijing (dpa) - Censors have approved the entry of a controversial Chinese film into the Berlin Film Festival after five revisions, the producer said on Wednesday.

"The process was not smooth," producer Fang Li said of the approval of Lost in Beijing, which is known as Pingguo (Apple) in Chinese.

"We revised the film five times and finally got approval for the Berlin International Film Festival," Fang told dpa by telephone.

Director Li Yu's film is set against the backdrop of the thousands of peasants that stream into Beijing in search of work.

It tells the story of a relationship between a Beijing massage parlour boss, played by Hong Kong star Tony Leung, and a worker, played by mainland Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

Li and Fang cut several scenes that the censors apparently thought would show overly negative aspects of China, as well as scenes in Beijing's sensitive Tiananmen Square, the site of a 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

"We cut all the scenes of Tiananmen Square, the national flag, and we also cut scenes of dirty streets," Fang said.

An official from the National Administration of Radio, Film and Television said news that Lost in Beijing was approved to compete in Berlin was "basically right."

DPA

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