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Li Yu: Fighting for Chinese film’s future
One of the few female film directors in China, Li Yu has had to contend with more pressure than most. Her latest film, Lost in Beijing to be shown at The Bangkok International Film Festival in July caused the Chinese censors to demand a 15 minute cut before being presented at this years Berlin Festival.

The film is a story set in modern Beijing and addresses a growing problem for many of the big Chinese cities - migrants from other parts of China. Shanghai and Beijing have millions of peasant workers who come to make extra money or at least more than they can make in the rural areas of the country. This film develops into one where blackmail and sexual favors are interwoven into the plot, as a couple from the country seek to improve their lives in the capital.

In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Li Yu says “Of course we all love to have freedom to express ourselves as a film director, but I have to deal with the reality in my country. I feel bad when my film is forced to be cut. But I will feel good if we can make a step forward every time when we fight to get our new film approved. I have hope for China's future system.”

But, she continues “For sure, the system now is better than before. At the least, we can have communications with the Film Bureau at the script stage and in the finished film- reviewing process as well. We are looking forward to seeing a more open system and younger Evaluation Committee”

Lost in Beijing is one of 5 potential Chinese films to be shown at the festival.

Opening day of the Bangkok International Film Festival is 19th July and the ever popular event will run for 10 days to the 29th July. The venue is the brand new SF Cinema at Central World in the heart of Bangkok.

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