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France24:A torrid gay sex movie from China and a blistering denunciation of screen and music censorship in Iran threw world politics centre-stage at the Cannes film festival on Thursday.

Both movies were shot in secret and brought to France without official home country approval, but with controversy no stranger to Cannes they were scheduled to screen on the first day of the race to scoop the festival’s Palme d’Or award.”Cannes,” said festival director Thierry Fremaux, “aims to unveil world cinema as well as unveil what is happening across the world around us.” Award-winning Lou Ye is among some of the world’s 20 hottest directors competing for the top prize from the globe’s leading movie showcase, to be awarded May 24.

“I hope to be the last Chinese director ever to be banned,” he told AFP in an interview.

His “Spring Fever” is a two-hour tale of passion and seduction in twosomes and threesomes with lengthy graphic scenes of gay sex that he shot in just two months in Nanjing city with a hand-held camera, defying a ban on film-making.

“We were psychologically prepared to be stopped during the filming, but that never happened, and today here we are with the film and the cast, which after all is a good thing,” he said.

The 44-year-old director is halfway through a five-year ban on film-making imposed by censors in 2006 after bringing his previous movie “Summer Palace” — another steamy love tale set around the taboo subject of the 1989 pro-democracy Tiananmen protests — to Cannes in 2006 without official approval.

Iran’s renowned Bahman Ghobadi’s “No One Knows About Persian Cats” was selected by festival organisers as the opening film of its parallel section spotlighting fresh talent “Un Certain Regard.”

Ghobadi, romantically linked to just-released US journalist Roxana Saberi, also shot without permission in Tehran, was arrested twice and had to lie about the film, saying he was shooting a documentary on drugs.

His powerful movie shot in dingy cellars, rooftop sheds and even in a country cow-barn unveils an underground music scene ranging from indie rock to Persian rap to heavy metal — as well as rare images of the Tehran urban scene.

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  1. I hear that the trouble with Chinese sex is that you are horny an hour later.


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