By Erin Strecker
September 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM EDT
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A director making controversial remarks at a film festival? Who would believe it?

This time around, the director is Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog, The Notebook) and the film is Yellow, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend. The movie stars Heather Wahlquist, Cassavetes’ ex-wife, as a woman who, after losing her job in L.A., moves back home to Oklahoma to try and figure out her next step. Along the way, her next step includes visiting her brother in prison and having a love affair with him, according to The Wrap.

In an interview with The Wrap, Cassavetes defended the incest plot, saying,

“I have no experience with incest. … We had heard a few stories where brothers and sisters were completely, absolutely in love with one another. You know what? This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want. Who gives a sh-t if people judge you? I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids — who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage — love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

Yellow does not yet have a U.S. distributor.

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