Moscow, Aug 19 : A Serbian arthouse
movie that swept a prestigious European festival this year was banned
from screening in Russia, prompting allegations of censorship.
film, "Clip", was banned over 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 Saturday.
The ban was signed by Deputy Culture Minister Ivan Demidov, known for his radical Orthodox Christian views, Klebanov said.
decision spells a new era for the culture ministry, headed since May by
Vladimir Medinsky, a conservative-minded PR specialist with a
controversial reputation, 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.
January, the film split the main prize of the International Film
Festival Rotterdam with two other movies. The jury touted it for an
uncompromising and honest insight into the life of the "mobile
The film was set to premiere in Russia Aug 30.