The European Film Festival in Yangon cancelled screenings of an Austrian movie about painter Egon Schiele after the Myanmar censorship board banned scenes in the film containing nudity on 21 September, reported Frontier.
The Goethe-Institut in Yangon was due to show the film Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden as part of the 27th annual European Film Festival on 22 and 30 September. But when the censorship board said it wanted to censor the film’s nude scenes, the screenings were cancelled.
“We want to keep our independence and we do not accept censorship in our institution, therefore we decided not to screen the movie at all,” Franz Xaver Augustin, director of the German cultural association Goethe-Institut Myanmar, told Frontier.
“Ironically, this movie also is about censorship,” he said.
The Myanmar censorship board must approve every film that gets shown in public cinemas. For that reason, the film festival decided to show Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden at the non-profit Goethe Institut where the rule does not normally apply, according to Frontier.
Egon Schiele died from Spanish flu in 1918 at the age of 28. His nude artworks caused controversy, with accusations of being too sexually explicit and pornographic.