Maple Pictures takes 'Young People' to pols

Romantic comedy challenges Canada's Bill C-10

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Maple Pictures plans a test screening in Ottawa for Martin Gero's "Young People Fucking" on Thursday before an unlikely audience: the nation's top politicians and bureaucrats.

The Canadian romantic comedy, set for a June 13 theatrical release, has caused a media furor as the federal government attempts to pass Bill C-10 into law. The bill would deny taxpayer support to "offensive" homegrown films or TV shows.

The distributor said it aims to make the film available to government officials who might "influence" the passage of Bill C-10 through the Canadian Senate.

ThinkFilm holds the U.S. rights to the homegrown film, which bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival. The comedy about four couples and one threesome portrays all attempts at sex being met by endless complications.