Spain censors 'Without Men' star Eva Longoria's lesbian scenes
The film 'Without Men' continues to spur talk as its main star Eva Longoria plays a woman who is left in charge of a small village in Latin America after all its men are forcibly recruited by a band of guerillas. All the women are left to fend for themselves without knowing what to do. However, they quickly adapt and take over roles typically assigned to the men.
There is, of course, a sexual void, filled rather exceptionally in a steamy scene between Longoria and Kate Del Castillo, a famous Mexican actress whose sexual ambivalence has left people everywhere wondering, 'is she?'
Spanish audiences, however, won't get a chance to see the lesbian scene, or any other, for that matter, as puritanical film executives have decided to remove any trace of lesbianism and deposit it on the cutting room floor. Why, you might ask?
'Without Men' is one of many films presented at the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Barcelona, but according to director Xavier Daniel, he was shocked to learn that the film's distributor had censored the film.
"We received word from the Spanish distributor specifying that upon the film's debut in Spain, all of the lesbian scenes will be removed," the director told the AFP news agency.
"We're very upset that a company would alter a film that way. People won't fully understand the plot if all the female love scenes are cut," Daniel explained. "It's unbelievable that this would happen in 2011."
Film festival organizers have decided to remove 'Without Men' entirely from its lineup, refusing to screen the censored film.
AOL Latino did not receive comment from the studio behind the film, Maya Entertainment, or from the film's lead actress, Eva Longoria.
What do you think? Was the distributor wrong for censoring the film?
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