Risque comedy to screen for Canadian lawmakers

Wed May 28, 2008 5:58am EDT
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - As Canadian politicians debate a proposal to deny taxpayer support for "offensive" homegrown films or TV shows, a film distributor will give them the opportunity to watch a provocatively titled movie.

Maple Pictures plans a test screening in Ottawa on Thursday for the romantic comedy "Young People F---ing," which was made with government money. Despite its graphic title, the film has no onscreen sex or nudity. Martin Gero's debut feature is set for a June 13 release.

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. The government says the bill would ensure that public funds "are not invested in certain types of material, such as hate propaganda, excessively violent material, or pornography." But filmmakers consider it censorship.

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

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter