Serbian fest reinstates ‘Summer’

World Brief

Serbian film festival officials Thursday reinstated a pic withdrawn at the request of the Chinese embassy after critics accused them of self-censorship.

“Summer Palace,” a romance by Chinese helmer Lou Ye set against the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, will be shown twice, free of charge, at the Belgrade Authors Films Festival.

The film was withdrawn late Tuesday after the Chinese embassy told the Serbian Foreign Ministry that the pic was banned in China and should not be shown in Serbia in the interests of good relations. Fest prexy Dinko Tucakovic resigned in protest at the ban.

China was a rare ally of Serbia during the 1990s, when U.N. and EU trade sanctions isolated then-Yugoslavia over its involvement in human-rights abuses in ethnic conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo.

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