In surely one of the most delayed instances of outrage in cinema history, a French administrative appeals court has temporarily banned Lars von Trier’s 2009 horror film ‘Antichrist’ over its sexual and violent content after pressure from the Catholic group Promouvoir, reported The Guardian, RFI, AFP and other news media.
The decision was made on 3 February 2016 after the Catholic traditionalist lobby group Promouvoir had pushed for the film to be reclassified in order to prevent all under-18s from being able to see it. The film had previously held a 16 rating, which allowed anyone over that age to legally see it.
The certificate has now been removed and the film will be banned from cinemas, tv and video until it is given a new classification. The ruling court claimed the culture ministry had made “a mistake” in the original decision.
Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin was “examining the [court’s] decision,” her ministry said after the ruling.
The decision follows a number of censorship rulings in the country in response to pressure from the conservative values group Promouvoir.
In December 2015, Promouvoir succeeded in having Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour‘s (La Vie d’Adèle) under-12 certificate scrapped, and last summer it won the banning of Gaspar Noé’s Love for under-18s.