Miral Wins PG-13 Rating On Appeal

The MPAA has overturned the “R” rating on director Julian Schnabel’s upcoming feature “Miral”. Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik brought forth an appeal which contested the MPAA’s decision to grant Miral an “R” rating in lieu of a “PG-13.”

In an official statement, Schnabel says “I understand the MPAA is by nature a protective organization, but I felt very strongly that they didn’t need to protect teenagers from my film. Quite the contrary, teenagers are the intended audience for Miral’s story. I am very happy the MPAA proved to be open minded and ultimately agreed.”

Adapted from Rula Jebreal’s novel, the drama revolves around a real orphanage in Jerusalem set up by a Palestinian woman (Hiam Abbass). Freida Pinto, Willem Dafoe, Yasmine Elmasri, Alexander Siddig and Vanessa Redgrave also star.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year and The Weinstein Company is scheduled to give the film a limited U.S. release on March 25th.