Russia to ban Blue is the Warmest Colour
Russia’s League of Safe Internet is on a quest to have Abdellatif Kechiche' s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or award winning lesbian coming of age flick, Blue is the Warmest Colour, banned.
The League is claiming the film constitutes child pornography and has filed a complaint with the public prosecutors office.
The League of Safe Internet (LBI), has also sent complaints to the culture ministry, accusing the film of gay propaganda among minors.
While the film depicts the relationship between two teenage girls, both actresses were over the age of consent when the film was shot. However the League is suggesting that by depicting a relationship between a 15 year old and an older teen, the film should be banned.
“The fact that the actress who plays her is over 18 doesn't matter. She could as well be 40. The audience views her as a minor.” League of Safe Internet executive director Denis Davydov told an interviewer from the Russian daily paper, Izvestia.
While the film has already had a theatrical run in Russia, (it’s opening at the Side by Side LGBTI film festival was met with protests) the League is seeking to have a ban placed on sales of DVDs, video on demand or TV broadcasts.
Watch the trailer for Blue is the Warmest Colour