The themes in the work of director Lou Ye, ranging from Tiananmen Square to homosexuality, suggest that the filmmaker loves nothing more than smashing taboos. In Summer Palace, Lou Ye revisits events on Beijing’s notorious square, via the loving relationship between two students. In addition to his film being censored in China, the Asian director was banned from filming for five years. "At the time, I was on the point of giving it all up."And yet, in virtual secrecy, he then went on to make Spring Fever, which picked up Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2009. "I always proceed in secret whatever the film, because I want to focus all my attention on the film itself."
He has succeeded in escaping the censorship, prohibitions and rules of the Chinese regime. Yet Lou Ye dreams only of one thing: seeing his films "screened in China." In Mystery, he tells the story of the shattered life of Lu Jie, who would never have imagined that her husband Yanzhao could lead a double life, until one day she sees him enter a hotel with another woman.
But despite all these obstacles, Lou Ye remains humble: "It has nothing to do with revenge.I just do my work in my own way, shooting as freely and naturally as I can.I am in conflict with no-one."
Mystery will be screened at the Théâtre Debussy on Thursday, 17 May at 11 am and 7.45 pm.