PARIS — Another religious storm looks to be brewing after a Catholic fraternity in Montpellier successfully had the trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s new pic “Bad Education” pulled from all of the southern French city’s Gaumont screens.
The Fraternity Saint-Pie X lodged a complaint with Gaumont after reacting negatively to the “Bad Education” trailer, which appeared before a screening of “The Passion of the Christ.”
Almodovar’s new pic, which tackles the issue of sexual abuse committed by priests during Franco’s 35-year dictatorship of Spain, will open next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
Justifying the decision to pull the trailer from screens earlier this week, Gaumont’s managing director in Montpellier, Pierre Devaux-Lemonnier, told the French daily Metro, “We did not want to shock what we felt was needlessly.”
In reply the president of the League of Human Rights, Michel Tubiana, wrote an open letter to Gaumont warning that such a decision could create a dangerous precedent “whereby those who speak out loudest are judged right.”