Only two directors have won the Cannes Palme d'Or twice, and, according to the
Guardian UK's Finachra
Gibbons, the one that isn't Francis Ford Coppola is on the verge of pulling his latest
picture from British theaters.
Emir Kusturica has been asked by the British Board of Film Censorship to trim a two second scene from his latest picture, Life is a Miracle, in which a large cat pounces on a pigeon lying dead in a road. Just the suggestion has made Kusturica livid: "The pigeon was already dead. And no other censor has objected. What is the problem with you British? You killed millions of Indians and Africans, and yet you go nuts about the circumstances of the death of one Serbian pigeon. I am touched you hold the lives of Serbian pigeons so dear, but you are crazy… I am not cutting my film."
The BBFC handed down its decision on February 17, requesting the cut be made in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act of 1937. If Kusturica follows through with the "compulsory" edit, his film will recieve a 15 certificate, allowing anyone that age and above to see the film. Life is a Miracle is due to be released in Britain on March 11 - one week from today - but cannot and will not be screened if the cut is not made.