According to the official version, the picture of Zhang Yimou One second removed from the competition of the Berlin film festival for technical reasons. However, sources in the Chinese film industry report that the film came under censorship in Beijing.
The film is based on the novel by writer Yan Helin, its action unfolds during the “cultural revolution” in China. The film has been called a love letter to a famous Director to the cinema. In the story, the girl is an orphan and an escaped prisoner need the same reel of film that contains some newsreels. Against this background, between the characters to start up an unusual friendship.
Representatives of the production company Huanxi Media Group has confirmed the withdrawal of the paintings from the contest, but did not name the reasons for this decision.
Journalists considered “One second,” one of the most anticipated films of the festival. The project was a return to form for Director to auteur cinema after a series of commercially focused projects.
Zhang Yimou is a modern classic of Chinese cinema. For his first film “Red sorghum”, which was a success not only in China but also abroad, he received the Golden bear at the Berlin film festival in 1988. His painting “life” was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival. The film was banned in China in connection with the critical image policy of the Communist government during the Cultural revolution.