on Monday announced the festival to Zhang Yimous ”One second” will not appear as planned because of ”technical problems in post production”. The film is set during the so-called cultural revolution, which is a controversial period in China's history over the years 1966-1976. The festival will instead show Zhangs film ”Hero” from 2002.
”One second” is the second chinese film withdrawn from this year's Berlin film festival. In the past, it was clear that ”Better days” would not be shown in the Generation 14Plus, the festival's section from the ungdomsfilm, because it should not have been finished in time. According to the sources of Variety was based, however, the decision on censorship, and the magazine also writes about the possibility that the ”One second” stopped for political reasons.
the communist party of the propagandadepartement responsibility for the governance of China's entertainment industry, which has strengthened the ideological control. For the chinese director Lou Ye, whose film “The shadow play” shown at the Berlin film festival, it has been a two year long process to get his movie approved by the censor, writes Variety.
Himself has Zhang Yimou described ”One second” as a personal tribute to the film medium. The film was produced by the company Huanxi Media, which has a number of internationally renowned filmmakers co-owner: Zhang, Wong Kar-wai and Jia Zhang-ke.
Zhang Yimou is one of China's most prominent directors, and his debut film ”red sorghum” received Guldbjörnen at the Berlin film festival in 1987. In recent years, mr. Zhang has been commissioned to make two international filmsatsningar, ”The flowers of war” (2011) and ”The great wall”, with the example of hollywood celebrities Christian Bale, respectively, Matt Damon in the leading roles.
In the autumn was awarded the Zhang award for best director at the Venedigfestivalen for the movie ”the Shadow”.