China has approved the screening of a movie considered the first in Chinese mainland on gay relationships this winter after a one-year wait, a sign insiders consider a huge step forward for the country’s film industry.
The film, Seek McCartney, co-produced in China and France star Seek McCartney ring Chinese singer and actor Han Geng and award-winning French actor Jérémie Elkaïm, has been approved by China’s media watchdog, film director Wang Chao announced on his Sina Weibo account on Saturday.
Wang, known in the French film industry for his films, The Orphan of Anyang and Luxury Car, said on his Weibo that “it is a small step for the regulator and a big step for filmmakers…It was not easy, but was delightful.”
Han Geng said on his Weibo that the film might be shown in theaters in winter this year.
Cheng Qingsong, a screenwriter and movie critic, told the Global Times on Tuesday that “this is the first movie on gay relationships approved by the country’s regulator. After waiting for a year, this is a big step forward [for China’s film industry].”
By Cao Siqi