0,,2005100488,00.jpg

We've heard lots lately from the British Board of Film Censorship. First, they denied Tracey Emin's teen flick a certificate that would allow it to be shown to teen audiences; then, they told Emir Kusturica he'd have to cut a two-second dead pigeon scene from his new work, Life is a Miracle - or else. Now, the BBFC is drawing more controversy, but the twist is, this time it's for their perceived lieniency. Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs, a film that aims to narrativize a couple's relationship through realistically shot, explicitly sexual bedroom vignettes, has been given a certificate allowing it be seen in British cinemas, uncut, by anyone over the age of 18. Despite recieving "about 100 letters" protesting the rating, the BBFC has no intention of changing their minds ahead of the film's March 11 release. "The rating was given within the BBFC's guidelines," said a Board spokeswoman. "There is nothing illegal or harmful shown in the film. If people don't won't to watch it, they don't have to go to the cinema to see it." Reuters has more on this story. 9 Songs screened last year at Cannes and this year at Sundance, to mixedreviews.

categories Cinematical