BBFC passes Antichrist uncut
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has passed Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist [+see also:
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The BBFC felt compelled to release some extended classification information. Excerpts:
‘At ‘18’, the BBFC’s Guidelines state that the more explicit images of sexual activity are unlikely to be permitted unless they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a ‘sex work’. It is clear that Antichrist is not a ‘sex work’ but a serious drama exploring issues such as grief, loss, guilt and fear. The brief images of explicit real sex are exceptionally justified, in this context, by the manner in which they illustrate the film’s themes and the nature of the couple’s relationship.’
About the genital mutilation sequence in the film the BBFC states: ‘Even at ‘18’ the BBFC recognises that the scene will be shocking and offensive to some viewers. However, the Board is aware of no evidence to suggest that the viewing of this scene is likely to be harmful to adults.’
CEO of distributor Curzon Artificial Eye Philip Knatchbull said, “There is no doubt that Antichrist is a controversial film but it’s our duty as a distributor to present the works of talented directors such as Lars Von Trier in their original form exactly as the director intended. We fully support the BBFC’s decision to allow people to make up their own minds about this film.”
Von Trier said: “I can offer no excuse for Antichrist. Other than my absolute belief in the film – the most important film of my entire career.”
Two London press screenings held last week saw a spate of journalists walk out in disgust and repulsion. Antichrist releases July 24.
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