Name: Chinese film screened at Cannes Film Festival despite not receiving approval from censorship committee

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Russia and Central Asia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumFilm Video

Artist: Lou Ye, director of Summer Palace; Fang Li, producer of Summer Palace

Confronting Bodies: Censorship Committee of the Film Bureau

Date of Action: May, 2006

Specific Location: China

Description of Artwork: The film, Summer Palace, portrays the relationship between two Chinese students during the political events occuring in 1989.

Description of Incident: Before a Chinese movie can be screened outside of China, the move must be approved by the censorship committee of the Film Bureau. "Summer Palace" never received the necessary approval before it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Results of Incident: As a result of the screening of the film, about fifty Chinese mediapersons left the festival. It is unknown what will happen with either the film or to Lou Ye and Fang Li once they return to China.

Source: Times Online,

Submitted By: Danielle Biber

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