BEIJING — The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was under house arrest in Beijing when he was invited to remotely direct a segment for “Berlin, I Love You,” an anthology film set in the German capital. The segment portrayed the separation of a family and featured his 5-year-old son, Ai Lao, who lived in Germany.
“It’s sweet and has some sadness,” Mr. Ai said about his segment, which he directed in 2015. “Not politically sensitive at all.”
But in the final version of the film, which was released in the United States this month, Mr. Ai’s contribution was nowhere to be found. Mr. Ai said the producers told him they had decided to cut his segment after investors, distributors and other partners raised concerns about the artist’s political sensitivity in China.
“When I found out, I was very angry,” Mr. Ai said. “It was frustrating to see Western creators and institutions collaborating with Chinese censorship in such an obvious way.”
Starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Luke Wilson, “Berlin, I Love You” is part of the Cities of Love franchise, in which international directors are invited to make short, intersecting vignettes that take place in a particular city.
Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser, two of the film’s producers, confirmed Mr. Ai’s account, adding that they had fought to keep his segment in the film but ultimately felt they had no choice but to remove it.
“Some of the distributors just told us: ‘Frankly, we are not taking the movie with him in it,’” Mr. Clausen said, referring to Mr. Ai. “We were really, really desperate. No matter what decision we made, we were going to lose.”
“In the end, we were heartbroken,” he added.
It is the latest example of how China’s vast censorship apparatus and economic strength extend Beijing’s influence far beyond the country’s borders. In recent years, China has exercised considerable influence over how it is portrayed in Hollywood movies.
Mr. Ai, one of China’s best-known artists, who now lives in Berlin, has long been an outspoken critic of the Chinese government. In 2011, he was secretly held for 81 days in a rural Chinese detention center.
He said producers had told him that one of the film’s executive producers had objected to including his segment in the final cut. He said he also recently learned that the same executive producer was making a Shanghai installment of the series. The Shanghai film is scheduled to be completed this year, according to IMDb.
In recent years, the “Cities of Love” franchise, which features installments such as “Paris, Je T’Aime” and “New York, I Love You,” has been expanding its presence in China.
According to its official website, the franchise maintains offices in Shanghai. Emmanuel Benbihy, the French producer and developer of the “Cities of Love” concept, is based in that city and was involved in the Shanghai and Berlin films. He wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he had set up a nonprofit foundation in Shanghai to launch “City, I Love You” programs in greater China.
In an email, Mr. Benbihy said Mr. Ai’s segment had been cut from the Berlin film for artistic reasons.
“The assignment that is given to each director is to tell an encounter of love taking place today in a specific neighborhood of a city (Berlin here),” he said. “Ai Weiwei’s segment did not comply with that assignment at all, and our main concern is always to create the unity of the film.”
Mr. Ai said producers had submitted “Berlin, I Love You” to the Berlin Film Festival but it had been rejected, and he speculated that it was because of his involvement. A statement from the festival said it could not discuss films that were not in the program, but that “the involvement of Ai Weiwei would never be a criteria for choosing or not choosing a film.”
Last week, the well-known Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest film, about China’s Cultural Revolution, was abruptly withdrawn from the Berlin festival because of so-called technical difficulties, a common euphemism for censorship in China. Another Chinese film, “Better Days,” was pulled from the festival after the movie failed to receive the necessary permissions from the Chinese authorities, according to Variety.
So far, reviews of “Berlin, I Love You” have been tepid at best. A critic wrote in The Hollywood Reporter: “This film, like the others, is intended as a valentine to its setting. Unfortunately, it feels more like a poison pen letter.”
Mr. Ai said he had become more concerned over the years that some Western governments, companies and organizations were apparently willing to engage in self-censorship in order not to offend China.
“It shows the extent to which China has used its power to influence the West in every aspect,” he said.
Ms. Reiser, the producer, agreed. “We underestimated not the influence of China, but the fear,” she said. “The fear of China in the free world.”
【阎】【遇】【燊】【挑】【眼】，“【嗯】？” “【我】【的】【意】【思】【是】……【时】【间】【还】【早】，【我】【们】，【我】【们】【再】【补】【其】【他】【的】【题】。”【喉】【咙】【好】【痛】，【她】【不】【想】【说】【话】【了】。 【讨】【厌】【的】【阎】【遇】【燊】，【他】【今】【天】【怎】【么】【废】【话】【这】【么】【多】【啊】，【离】【得】【这】【么】【远】。 【他】【拿】【出】【手】【机】【看】【了】【看】【时】【间】，“【十】【点】【多】【了】，【不】【早】【了】。”【说】【着】【他】【就】【要】【走】。 【娄】【心】【谣】【觉】【得】【耗】【不】【起】【了】，【见】【他】【真】【的】【要】【走】，【一】【转】【身】【的】【时】【候】，【她】【就】【上】
【没】【有】【任】【何】【的】【留】【恋】，【欧】【阳】【小】【川】【几】【人】【径】【直】【朝】【大】【门】【外】【走】【去】。 “【臭】【小】【子】！【你】【给】【我】【站】【住】。” “【草】！【走】【也】【不】【给】【大】【哥】【说】【一】【声】。” 【听】【说】【话】【的】【语】【气】，【几】【人】【便】【知】【道】【后】【面】【追】【来】【的】【人】【是】【谁】。 【三】【人】【刚】【到】【门】【口】，【听】【到】【喊】【话】【又】【回】【过】【身】【来】。 “【哎】【吆】！【都】【把】【这】【小】【鬼】【忘】【了】。” 【第】【二】【梦】【嬉】【笑】【一】【句】。 “【你】【要】【去】【哪】？” 【敖】【煌】【来】【到】【几】【人】
【月】【夜】【已】【深】。 【时】【郗】【爵】【陆】【续】【将】【两】【个】【哄】【睡】【的】【小】【包】【子】【抱】【回】【属】【于】【他】【们】【兄】【妹】【的】【小】【房】【间】。 【钻】【进】【暖】【暖】【的】【被】【窝】【里】【后】，【他】【心】【满】【意】【足】【的】【将】【最】【爱】【的】【她】【纳】【入】【怀】【中】。 “【原】【来】【做】【父】【母】【的】【在】【自】【己】【的】【儿】【女】【要】【成】【家】【立】【业】【的】【时】【候】，【都】【会】【考】【虑】【到】【一】【个】【门】【当】【户】【对】【的】【问】【题】。” 【简】【伊】【伊】【靠】【在】【时】【郗】【爵】【的】【怀】【中】，【手】【指】【很】【不】【安】【分】【的】【捏】【着】【他】【的】【手】，【几】【分】【温】【柔】，【几】【分】【撒】护民红姐统一图库【苏】【祁】【看】【到】【的】【景】【象】【便】【是】【界】【主】【闭】【着】【双】【眼】【靠】【在】【躺】【椅】【之】【上】，【似】【乎】【是】【睡】【着】【了】【的】【模】【样】。 【苏】【祁】【让】【苏】【默】【留】【在】【原】【地】，【他】【朝】【着】【界】【主】【走】【了】【过】【去】。 【苏】【默】【有】【些】【紧】【张】，【但】【是】【他】【也】【不】【敢】【靠】【近】，【他】【的】【修】【为】【比】【起】【苏】【祁】【来】【说】【低】【了】【太】【多】，【就】【算】【过】【去】【也】【只】【能】【拖】【后】【腿】。 【苏】【祁】【不】【确】【定】【自】【己】【心】【中】【的】【想】【法】，【所】【以】【他】【朝】【着】【躺】【椅】【走】【过】【去】【便】【是】【为】【了】【印】【证】【自】【己】【的】【猜】【想】。
【现】【在】【只】【剩】【下】【吉】【斯】【了】，【吉】【斯】【见】【势】【不】【妙】，【呵】【呵】【笑】【道】：“【以】【后】，【我】【会】【听】【你】【们】【的】。”【然】【后】【不】【动】【声】【色】【看】【着】【付】【文】【慧】【与】【沈】【金】。 【由】【于】【还】【需】【要】【他】【打】【开】【宝】【藏】【入】【口】，【付】【文】【慧】【与】【沈】【金】【对】【视】【一】【眼】，【均】【不】【说】【话】。 【而】【李】【商】【此】【时】【看】【到】【沈】【金】【灭】【了】【李】【豪】，【心】【中】【终】【于】【大】【定】，【一】【方】【面】【也】【是】【李】【豪】【已】【经】【将】【他】【置】【于】【死】【地】，【如】【果】【不】【是】【他】【们】，【自】【己】【也】【要】【死】【了】；【另】【外】【一】【方】【面】
【白】【离】【佑】【点】【点】【头】，【将】【她】【拉】【到】【一】【旁】【后】，【那】【些】【定】【在】【空】【中】【的】【弓】【箭】，【全】【都】【瞬】【间】【落】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【还】【有】【那】【夜】【老】【大】【的】【心】【也】【与】【这】【些】【弓】【箭】【一】【起】，【重】【重】【的】【落】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【这】【下】【自】【己】【是】【真】【的】【完】【了】…… 【白】【离】【佑】【轻】【轻】【瞟】【了】【眼】【白】【影】，【白】【影】【立】【马】【会】【意】，【一】【个】【闪】【身】【就】【消】【失】【不】【见】【了】。 【沙】【星】【微】【微】【走】【近】【这】【个】【夜】【老】【大】，【为】【了】【防】【止】【他】【逃】【走】。 “【抓】【到】【了】。
【广】【场】【上】，【以】【人】【王】【的】【修】【为】，【四】【周】【大】【焱】【卫】【的】【窃】【窃】【私】【语】【在】【他】【们】【耳】【中】【与】【趴】【在】【他】【们】【耳】【边】【讲】【话】【无】【甚】【区】【别】，【但】【没】【有】【一】【名】【人】【王】【异】【动】，【都】【没】【有】【听】【到】【般】。 “【怕】【什】【么】？”【不】【屑】【的】【大】【焱】【卫】【发】【现】【了】【另】【一】【人】【的】【举】【动】，【冷】【笑】【道】：“【年】【轻】【了】【吧】？【知】【晓】【他】【们】【明】【明】【能】【听】【到】，【为】【什】【么】【不】【呵】【斥】【我】【吗】？【或】【杀】【掉】【我】。” “【为】【什】【么】？”【腿】【软】【那】【名】【大】【焱】【卫】【一】【脸】【茫】【然】。