Eva Longoria's 'Without Men' Lesbian Scenes Removed in Spain
Updated: A festival organizer says the film's Spanish distributor has decided to censor it in that country.
Is Spain not ready to see what women can do sans men? According to a film festival director, the lesbian love scenes in Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and Christian Slater’s film, Without Men, have been cut by the film’s distributor in that country.
"We received a statement from the distributor in Spain saying that when the film premieres it will have the lesbian scenes removed," the director of the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Xavier Daniel, tells AFP.
As a result of the censorship, the film festival has decided to cancel its screening of the film.
"We are very angry that a distributor can modify the content of a film," Daniel says. "The audience will not understand the film, because all the lesbian scenes are cut out… It is unbelievable in the year 2011."
Without Men portrays a Latin American village that has found a way to exist after communist guerilla fighters forcibly recruited its men. Written and directed by Gabriela Tagliavini, the film is based on a novel by James Canon. It premiered in the U.S. in June.
The Hollywood Reporter attempted to contact the film’s distributor in Spain via its U.S. distributor, Maya Entertainment. THR has also requested comment from Longoria through her reps on the film’s censorship. They did not immediately respond to our requests.
[Update Oct. 25 3: 28 a.m. James Ordonez, president of Tayrona Entertainment, the film's distributor in Spain, issued the following statement to THR:
It's absolutely not accurate to say that Eva Longoria's lesbian scenes were entirely removed from the film as your article reads.
Actually they are part of our Marketing campaign as you can see in the TRAILER made for Spain and Latin America (which is completely different from the campaign made by Maya Entertainment)
What we did was to re-edit and re-version the film in agreement with the Producers and Director in order to balance the film for a mainstream audience. Without Men was never conceived as a Lesbian story but as a comedy about situations that happen to a town when all men are sent to war. Those situations included lesbianism among many other ones.
It's not accurate to say either that the festival canceled the screening of the film as Tayrona actually rejected the participation of the film in a Gay and Lesbian Film festival when the film is not a Lesbian story and it's not about lesbianism. It's a mainstream comedy that includes lesbian scenes as part of the main story and to participate in a festival of this nature is against the business itself of the film as will confuse target audiences.
We respect the gay and lesbian community and we will love to participate in this Festival when we have a film targeted for this community. Unfortunately Without Men is not that film.
Without Men will be released in Latin America in over 1,000 screens next December.]
Watch the U.S. trailer for the film below.