Lars Von Trier’s experimental 2009 horror film Antichrist has been banned by a French court because of its sexual and violent scenes. The controversial film, which tells the story of a couple, played by William Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods where both undergo increasingly violent and sexual behaviour.
The French court made its decision after the Catholic traditionalist group, Promouvoir, campaigned for the reclassification of the film in order to get an 18 age rating. Previously, 16 year olds and above were able to view the film. Until it is given this new certificate, the movie will be banned from showing in both Cinemas and on TV.
Antichrist premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, which saw Gainsbourg win ‘Best Actress’ for her role in the film.