YEREVAN, February 17. / ARKA /. An Armenian film director has denounced today a private cinema theater in Yerevan for cancelling the premier of a scandalous Danish director Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ ‘due to numerous complaints by some citizens and social groups,” without naming any of them. Cinema Star said its operation was “family-oriented” and to avoid conflicting opinions” about the film it decided to cancel its premier in Yerevan.
Speaking at a news conference film director Edgar Baghdasaryan said all those who want to watch it on biog screen should have such an opportunity. He said he did not understand the clamor raised around this movie, saying also that dubbing it as a ‘porno-drama” is absurd and incompetent.
According to him, once the movie becomes available in the Internet and DVDs, all will rush to see it but will turn off their devices after 20 minutes because ‘of being deceived as they expected a porn film, while the film is about something entirely different.’
A film critic Zaven Boyajian said Cinema Star has reserved the right to determine whether the public should watch the movie on big screen or not acting in fact as a censor.
"Even if a part of society opposes its screening the cinema house has no right to impose their views and opinions on other members of the society, especially that we declare that we live in a democratic country," he said, adding that the Yerevan theatre should have only barred minors from its watching.
The movie is starred by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman and newcomer Stacy Martin. It tells the story of Joe, played by Gainsbourg, and her sexual awakening from birth to age 50. The picture opens with Joe lying beaten in an alleyway when the kindly intellectual Seligman comes upon her and takes her home with him. She begins confiding her life story, including how she lost her virginity in a degrading encounter with a man who will repeatedly surface in her life.
Grasping her “power as a woman’’ over men who want sex from her, Joe enters into a competition with a friend as to who can seduce the most strangers on a train within an hour, with extra points for conquering a devoted married man. -0-