Beijing International Film Festival, taking place next month, has dropped acclaimed gay romance Call Me By Your Name from its official program, according to news agency Reuters.
No official reason was given for the move, but it comes amid increased pressure from China's censorship regulators to avoid "abnormal" sexual activities in film and television.
Wu Jian, a Beijing-based film analyst, told Reuters that it was "quite embarrassing for China" that the Oscar-winning film was pulled from the April festival's lineup. "This movie is in deviation from the policy environment in China," he said.
A popular Chinese gay romance web series Addicted was quickly removed from online video sites in 2016 while in the same year Wang Chao's Seek McCartney - a film with gay main characters - was approved by regulators.