Turkey’s film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier’s movie Nymphomaniac Volume 1 at cinemas in the country because of the film’s sex scenes.
Cem Erkul, who heads the Cinema General Directorate, said Wednesday the eight-member board voted 6-2 this week that the film is “pushing the boundaries of porn” and unfit for public viewing.
The film was due to be released this month.
Erkul said it decided against censoring the sex scenes from the movie because there were too many to cut out.
Its distributor can appeal the ruling in court, but the decision does not affect the film’s screening at the Istanbul Film Festival next month.
The two-part film is a drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50.