Turkey bans ‘Nymphomaniac’ for sex scenes


Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers wearing a paper bag over his head that reads, “I am not famous anymore” on the red carpet for the film “Nymphomaniac” at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on. 9, 2014. Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has banned “Nymphomaniac” from theaters for its extensive nudity and no-holds-barred sex scenes, drawing accusations of censorship. AP

ANKARA—Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has banned Danish director Lars Von Trier’s controversial movie “Nymphomaniac” from theaters for its extensive nudity and no-holds-barred sex scenes, drawing accusations of censorship.

The film, which premiered to cheers at the Berlin film festival last month, was due to premiere in Turkey on March 14 with a warning against children under age 18 watching it.

But Turkey’s cinema board, which includes representatives from the culture, interior and education ministries, banned the movie outright by a majority vote six in favor and two against on Monday.

“The board decided to ban the commercial circulation of the movie at theaters because of its explicit sexual scenes,” the board’s general director Cem Erkul told AFP.

“This film is in the porn category,” he said. “It also depicts extreme violence against women.”

However, Yamac Okur, a dissenting member of the board, said the decision was tantamount to censorship.


“Barring any cinema movie from commercial screening is unacceptable,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“It could have been displayed by age rating. Otherwise, it is censorship.”

“Nymphomaniac” tells the story of a woman’s sexual awakening from childhood to age 50. It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Shia LaBeouf.

In January, EU member Romania said it had lifted its own ban on the movie and fired the official responsible for barring it following an uproar by artists and the culture minister.

EU hopeful Turkey’s ban created a storm of anger on social media, with prominent artists denouncing the move.

“I strongly condemn the ban on the film ‘Nymphomaniac’ while there is in fact a policy in place on age limit,” tweeted Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of Cannes’ Best Director Prize in 2008 for his family drama “Three Monkeys.”

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is already under fire from rights groups and the European Union for its crackdown on Internet sites and the media.

Critics accuse Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated Turkey’s political scene for 11 years, of moving away from reform.

This has fuelled a long-running debate over what some see as a hidden agenda to Islamise the predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular nation.

Erkul said criticism was normal in a democratic country and that Turkey was not implementing an absolute ban on the film, which would be screened at the Istanbul Film Festival in April.

He said it would not be appropriate to show it at cinemas in Turkey, which are mostly in shopping centres.—Fulya Ozerkan

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  • Noel

    Not sure if there’s really so called “nymphomaniac”. There’s no scientific and medical evidence to support a woman as such. What we have are over sexed women.

    • Guest

      The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) of the World Health Organization (WHO), includes two relevant entries: One is “Excessive Sexual Drive” (coded F52.7), which is divided into satyriasis for males and nymphomania for females.

      To claim there is no “scientific and medical evidence” only shows how little you know on the subject.

      • Noel

        Maybe you’re a nympho. Tell me, how do you know if a woman is a nympho?

      • blue_lights

        I had a girlfriend from Scotland who was a nympho. She demanded it 5 or 6 times per day, I was so exhausted all the time, but she was a hot red-head so I didn’t mind.

      • Arnold Tigasin

        wala yan sa lolo ko.

        yung lolo ko nagka shuta na haponesa, gusto palagi race to 12 sila ng lolo ko.

      • Guest

        Don’t worry about it, you must remain content with your right hand…

      • Noel

        I’m left handed.

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        ako maniak.

        si @marionics din yata.


  • Noel

    Turkey should instead ban the sale of turkey during Thanksgiving’s Day.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


      Wala naman yata thanksgiving celebration sa turkey.

      gobble gobble.

      • Noel

        Wala nga sa Turkey pero meroon sa mga ibang bansa tulad ng US at Canada. Kung ma-ban ang pagbenta ng turkey, paano na magdiriwang ang mga Kano at Canadians?

  • slicenziuten

    theres no such thing as nymphomania. hayden and vhong were like, “been there, done that”.

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