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Chilean censors upset by Almodovar b’cast

VTR's p'gramming of banned 'Pepi' draws protests

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Consejo de Califacion (CCC), a government-appointed board that can censor films seeking distribution, recently launched an unprecedented public attack against TV regulators for failing to punish a cabler that aired a banned Pedro Almodovar picture.

Almodovar’s “Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Monton” (1980) has been banned in Chile since 1982. Leading cabler VTR Cablexpress included the film in its May programming schedule, a move that apparently failed to draw the attention of the Consejo Nacional de TV (CNTV), the regulatory body in charge of pay and broadcast television.

Infractions against Chile’s strict censorship laws, although rare, normally require the CNTV to cancel the offending program and impose a fine against the offending party.

The CCC called for a public explanation from the CNTV for allowing the film to air and suggested that the org’s censorship standards have slipped.

Such restrictions are increasingly unpopular with Chilean auds, and there is pressure for the government to review and ease up on censorship of film and TV.

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