China, France treaty put on hold

Co-production pact delayed for several weeks

PARIS -- After more than four years of negotiations, France and China will wait a little bit longer before signing a co-production treaty, French national film body the CNC said Thursday.

The unprecedented treaty was due to be signed at noon Friday in Paris by French Culture Minister Christine Albanel and Wang Taihua, director of China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

A spokesperson for the Cultural Ministry refused comment on the reasons behind the sudden hold, blaming only "administrative reasons on the Chinese side."

"I think it's even more complicated than simple censorship laws," posited French producer Sylvain Bursztejn, whose Paris-based Rosem Films co-produces two-three Chinese titles per year.

The Cultural Ministry claims the treaty will be "postponed for several weeks," though no future signing date has been announced.

Jonathan Landreth in New York contributed to this report.
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