Screening of "Aire Libre" generates controversy

Screening of "Aire Libre" generates controversy

A scene from the movie "Aire Libre".

14 Nov – Malaysia's Film Censorship Board (LPF) is calling upon Golden Screen Cinema Sdn Bhd (GSC) and the distributor of the Venezuelan movie, "Aire Libre", to explain why the film was screened to the public during the Latin American Film Festival 2011 without the necessary cuts being made.

LPF chairman, Datuk Raja Azahar Raja Abdul Manap, said the film was screened at GSC cinemas in 1 Utama, Mid Valley and Pavillion between 20 to 23 October.

"Based on the LPF assessment report on October 22, the film has been approved for screening on the condition that cuts are made on 14 scenes and only after it is done, the film can be classified as PG13."

LPF states that the investigation into the film which has some sexual was conducted following public complaints over the screening of the film.

"Following the investigation, LPF found that the distributor of the film did not make the cuts as instructed by LPF based on the provision under Section 11 of the Film Censorship Act" Datuk Raja Azahar added.

The film was apparently approved for screening based on the condition that cuts were made on 14 scenes, so that it can be classified as a PG13 rating; a category of films deemed suitable for public viewing, provided that children under the age of 13-years-old are accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Directed by Luis Armando Roche, "Aire Libre" is a Venezuelan film which has won several awards, like the OCIC Award (Best Film Award) at the Havana Film Festival in 1996 and the Patron's Award (Best Film Award) at the San Diego International Film Festival in 1997.

It is reported that the board would call the film distributor to explain, as well as the Venezuelan Embassy in Malaysia who had sent a request for the film to be screened during the festival.