A Serbian arthouse movie that swept a prestigious European festival this year has been banned from screening in Russia by the Culture Ministry.
The film, Clip , was banned over supposedly indecent language and scenes of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as pornographic depictions of sex between minors, Sam Klebanov, the head of Kino Bez Granits, the film’s prospective distributor, said:
This is the first case of such censoring, and an attempt to introduce moral censorship in the country.
He added that explicit arthouse fare has never had any screening problems in Russia before.
The ban was signed by Deputy Culture Minister Ivan Demidov, known for his radical Christian views, Klebanov said.
Clip, directed by Maja Milos, tells the story of a provincial teenager experimenting with drugs and sex in order to forget her near-dysfunctional family. It has been likened to Larry Clark’s Kids