‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dropped From Beijing Film Festival
The acclaimed gay film “Call Me by Your Name,” which just won an Oscar for adapted screenplay, has been pulled from the Beijing Film Festival by the event’s organizers.
The festival’s removal of the gay-themed coming-of-age film comes as Chinese authorities tighten their control over media content. Earlier this month, China’s rubber-stamp parliament voted to allow the Communist Party’s propaganda department to have control over film, news and publishing.
The film was dropped from the festival after the screening proposal submitted was not approved by regulators. The movie had originally been set for a sidebar that featured standouts from other festivals, alongside “The Square,” “Lean on Pete” and “The Other Side of Hope.”
Although homosexuality is not illegal in China and gay activism has sprung up in the country’s urban centers, being gay is regarded with disapproval by much of Chinese society and the government.
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