China pulls pics out of Palm Springs fest

Country protests event's inclusion of Tibetan theme film

BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement.

The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a short called “Quick, Quick, Slow.”

State media said Chinese producers were angered at Palm Spring’s inclusion of “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom,” which deals with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing considers a dangerous separatist.

Fest director Darryl Macdonald said Palm Springs execs had met Chinese government officials who had asked them not to screen “The Sun Behind the Clouds” but had declined this request.

Macdonald said in a statement that he was saddened that the Chinese film authorities had chosen to withdraw their films but added, “We cannot allow the concerns of one country or community to dictate what films we should or should not play, based on their own cultural or political perspective.”

This is the latest example of Chinese government interference in international cultural events.

In July, Chinese directors were required to withdraw their films from the Melbourne Film Festival after the government objected to a film about Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, whom Beijing also sees as a dangerous separatist.

Beijing also tried to persuade the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair in September not to allow two Chinese writers to attend the event.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    BEIJING — China has pulled two movies out of the Palm Springs Film Festival in protest over the inclusion of a film about the Tibetan independence movement. The yanked movies are Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death,” about the brutal 1937 occupation of the city of Nanjing by the invading Japanese army, and a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content