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Chinese film-maker brings blind amateur actors to Berlin

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:13 AM
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Producer Ma Yingli (left), cast members Qin Hao (second, left), Zhang Lei (third, left), director Lou Ye (fourth, left), and cast members (fifth, left to right) Guo Xiaodong, Xuan Huang, Mu Huaipen and Huang Lu pose before a news conference to promote the movie Tui Na (Blind Massage) at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on Feb 10, 2014. Lou Ye, who has faced repeated bans by the authorities, premiered his latest work at the Berlin film festival Monday with a cast made up in part of blind amateur actors. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

BERLIN (AFP) - Chinese director Lou Ye, who has faced repeated bans by the authorities, premiered his latest work at the Berlin film festival on Monday with a cast made up in part of blind amateur actors.

Blind Massage, a Chinese-French production, is based on a wildly popular Chinese novel by Bi Feiyu and set in the southern city of Nanjing.

It is one of three movies from mainland China in competition at the Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year.

Blind Massage tells the story of visually impaired people who, facing poverty and ostracism, find work as massage therapists using traditional techniques from Chinese medicine.

 
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