Tiananmen tale to Palm Pictures

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Lou Ye's provocative love story "Summer Palace" has secured North American theatrical and DVD distribution through Palm Pictures.

With its footage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and full-frontal nudity, the film was the center of controversy in 2006 when it was submitted to the Festival de Cannes before it was approved by Chinese censors. Shortly afterward, the director and producer Nai An were banned from making films in China for five years.

A potent mix of sex and politics infuses the story of two Beijing University students who fall in love in the late '80s. The film contrasts their volatile affair with the social unrest of the period.

Despite initial consternation from Chinese authorities, Palm Pictures said the China/France co-production will be released with no cuts to the version shown in Cannes, and the director is not prohibited from doing publicity for the film. A late January platform theatrical release is planned.

Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton repped the deal for the producers.
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