China film dropped from Berlin for 'technical reasons'

BEIJING (AP) — The latest film from famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been dropped from the Berlin International Film Festival for "technical reasons."

A notice on the official Weibo microblogging service account for the movie "One Second" apologized but gave no details other than to say it was not possible to show the film at Berlin.

Possibly China's best-known filmmaker, Zhang's output has oscillated between big-budget extravaganzas favored by the ruling Communist Party and edgier fare touching on political topics.

The party exercises wide-ranging control over the arts, including the power to decide what films get released using a largely secret set of criteria.

"One Second" is set during the chaos and violence of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.

The festival said the film was pulled because of "technical difficulties encountered during post-production."