The film is already notorious for its sexually explicit scenes, as it tells the story of a sex addict from her teenage years onwards. It has already been subjected to cuts that tried to ensure it would pass censors across Europe, with producer Louise Vesth saying they were “a way for the broader public to be able to see the film. Both versions are suitable for the public, but of course when you go very explicit you will squeeze the possibilities of distribution.”
They clearly didn’t go far enough for Romania however, but the distributor Independence Film has expressed disappointment in the decision, saying they would appeal this “case of censorship which is unique in Europe”. Romanian culture minister Georgica Severin has also criticized the certification.
At the opposite end of the censorship scale, the fully uncut 145-minute version of Nymphomaniac’s first part is to be premiered at the Berlin film festival next week.