Nymphomaniac distributors appeal Romanian ban

Distributors for Lars Von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac will learn if the second part of the controversial movie will be allowed to open in Romanian cinemas on Friday (31Jan14) after appealing a ban. Executives at Independence Film, which is in charge of Nymphomaniac’s release in Romania, have challenged a decision made by officials at the country’s National Film Centre to veto the sexually-explicit drama on the grounds that it is not suitable for Romanian audiences.
Antoine Bagnaninchi, managing director of Independence Film, tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We’ve filed a formal appeal, (the censorship board) now has to watch the film again and give us their verdict. We expect a decision by Friday.
“They’ve given no reason for why they banned the second half of the film. This is a film that will be released everywhere and Romania is the only country in Europe where the film has been banned.”
The first half of Nymphomaniac, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf and Jamie Bell, was released in Romania earlier this month (Jan14), but was only deemed suitable for viewers 18 and over.