Russia: ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ accused of promoting homosexuality

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Acclaimed French lesbian film Blue is the Warmest Colour is under attack in Russia for ‘promoting homosexuality’ in minors.

It has come under fire from the League of Safe Internet (LBI), who are encouraging the prosecutor’s office to take action against distributors.

The film (French title: La Vie d’Adèle) charts the life of a woman coming to terms with her sexuality, and picked up several prizes last year across film festivals, including the prestigious  Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Denis Davydov, LBI’s executive director, said: “[Two] women are engaged in lesbian sex, one of whom is a 15-year-old girl. The fact that the actress who plays her is over 18 doesn’t matter. She could as well be 40. The audience views her as a minor.

“The film has plenty of overtly pornographic scenes, which take up most of the screen time.”

LBI is asking the prosecutor’s office to ban the film, under the country’s anti-gay law, which would ban its distribution, its broadcast on TV, or its broadcast online.