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— by Jake Newby: Chinese cinema has something of a rocky relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. On the one hand, the key film event has been fairly consistent in its support of movies from the country since A Touch of Zen became the first Chinese work to be officially screened there in 1975. On the other hand, it has provided a platform for works that the Chinese authorities have been less-than-pleased about; an interesting heir of sorts to that first entry, Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, screened at Cannes in 2013 but could not secure a release in China. And even Farewell My Concubine experienced difficulties with the censors despite becoming China’s first Palme d’Or winner in 1993…

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April 23, 2019