Banned Chinese director to make Palestinian movie

A banned Chinese director plans to make an Arabic movie about a Palestinian who is abandoned by his wife after being jailed by Israel, in a rare collaboration between artists from the two regions. Director Lou Ye is currently raising money to make "The Last Hour," based on a play written by Palestinian writer Mazen Saadeh. Saadeh, who makes documentaries, is also writing the screenplay. "The Last Hour," which Lou aims to start shooting next year, would be the director's first movie since China's Film Bureau banned him and producer Nai An from making films in his home country for five years after he screened his movie "Summer Palace" at the Cannes Film Festival last year without government approval.