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Reuters: China censors delay approval for Cannes contender

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire May 17, 2006 at 1:50AM

Chinese director Lou Ye seems ready to go ahead with the Cannes premiere of his film "Summer Palace" on Wednesday even though he may face reprisals at home because the movie has yet to receive official approval. Chinese censors on Tuesday refused to review the Palme d'Or contender, alleging flaws with the print, according to Nai An, line producer of "Summer Palace." The mainland Chinese director's fifth film -- a love story set against the backdrop of social unrest -- could be denied legal exhibition in China if it is screened abroad before it has obtained approval. He could also be blacklisted by the authorities. Reuters reports.
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Chinese director Lou Ye seems ready to go ahead with the Cannes premiere of his film "Summer Palace" on Wednesday even though he may face reprisals at home because the movie has yet to receive official approval. Chinese censors on Tuesday refused to review the Palme d'Or contender, alleging flaws with the print, according to Nai An, line producer of "Summer Palace." The mainland Chinese director's fifth film -- a love story set against the backdrop of social unrest -- could be denied legal exhibition in China if it is screened abroad before it has obtained approval. He could also be blacklisted by the authorities. Reuters reports.