Ireland May Ban Award-Winning Lesbian Film
Blue is the Warmest Color in hot water in Ireland
June 04 2013 6:21 PM EST
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Blue is the Warmest Color recently won the coveted Palme d'Or award for the best film at the Cannes Film Festival, but it's making waves again with the news of a possible ban. Directed by Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche, the film details a coming-of-age romance between two French women, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, and features explicit lesbian sex scenes.
However, The Daily Star reports that the film could now be banned by the Irish Film Classification Office, the active film censor in Ireland headed by Acting Director Ger Connolly, due to the 12-minute sex scene.
This would be far from the first film banned there; in fact, 150 movies are currently prohibited in Irish cinemas, including Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby and Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex *But Were Afraid To Ask. In fact, there are at least seven films simply with the word 'sex' in the title that are on the banned list.