Sundance Selects have opted to release Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" in the U.S. with its MPAA rating of NC-17.
The story centres on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who dreams of experiencing her first love. She begins a relationship with a confident older art student named Emma (Lea Seydoux) that develops into a complex love story which spans a decade.
The film was slapped with the rating for "explicit sexual content". The distributor opted not to trim the film or release it as an 'unrated' feature. The film hits cinemas in a limited release starting on October 25th.
Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring says:
"We refuse to compromise Kechiche's vision by trimming the film for an R rating, and we have every confidence that Blue Is The Warmest Colour will play in theaters around the country regardless.
An NC-17 rating no longer holds the stigma it once did… We believe this film will leave a lasting imprint as the Last Tango In Paris for a whole new generation."
Source: Screen Daily