Cannes: Taiwanese Anger Over Director Prompts Program Edit

The Hollywood Reporter
Date: 5/15/2015
By Clifford Coonan

Cannes film festival organizers have updated the official program after Taiwan

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complained about the description of Hou Hsiao-hsien, whose movie The Assassin is in competition, as being from Mainland China.

Officials in self-ruled Taiwan, a bitter rival of mainland China, were angry about the description of Hou as being of “Chinese nationality” in the festival’s official program and the absence of the Taiwanese flag at the festival.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Kao said that the country’s representative in France had complained to organizers, who updated the entry on its website to say that Hou was from Taiwan and it had also promised to fly the Taiwanese flag outside the Palais.     [FULL  STORY]

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