Italy: Gay film banned from screening in church-owned cinemas

14 March 2016

Weekend film
The Catholic Church has banned Andrew Haigh’s 2011 film ‘Weekend’ from being screened in its cinemas, shutting it out from over 1,100 theatres and limiting Italian audiences who wish to see the film to only be able to do is in 10 independent theatres, Gay Star News reported on 11 March 2016.

The Italian Conference of Bishops’ Film Evaluation Commission described the film as “not advised, unusable and scabrous (indecent or salacious)”, listing its principle themes as drug use and homosexuality rather than romance.

The president of the film’s distribution company in Italy, Cesare Petrillo, said he could see no “other explanation than a problem of homophobia in the Church”, and that the film is not getting picked up in entire regions of the country or in big cities like Florence, Bergamo and Padova.

The film, which tells the story of two men who began a relationship after a one-night stand, has been re-released in Italy due to Haigh’s recent success and attention at the Oscars for his latest film ’45 Years’.


» The Independent – 14 March 2016:
Weekend gets banned in over 1,000 Italian cinemas

» The Gay UK – 13 March 2016:
Gay film Weekend banned in 1,100 Catholic owned cinemas in Italy

» Gay Star News – 11 March 2016:
Catholic church band award winning gay film Weekend from Italian cinemas

» Yahoo News Australia – 11 March 2016:
Censorship row as Italy bishops curtail release of gay film

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