Ban cancels DVD release until further notice

HELSINKI — The Court of Appeal in Helsinki has banned exhibition of helmer Aku Louhimies’ film “Man Exposed.” The ban is boosted with a fine of 100,000 euros ($129,651) for each violation.

Ban cancels DVD release of the film until further notice. The DVD was supposed to arrive in retail outlets Feb. 14. The court’s decision also rules out television airing of the film.

Case gathered momentum in 2005, even before lensing began on the film. Screenwriter Veli-Pekka Hanninen canceled his deal with the production company because he opposed changes that producer Harri Raty and helmer Louhimies wanted to make in the script.

Hanninen sued the production company, Lasihelmifilmi, for infringing his copyright, complaining the production company had made too many and too drastic changes in his story during the rewrite process.

The production company, Raty and Louhimies continued with the film and made it the way they wanted to. The pic, a comedy about a middle-aged priest who considers himself a rebellious clergyman, had its local premiere in September to lukewarm reviews.

The film’s local distributor, F-S Film, expects the production company to appeal to the Finnish supreme court, because the distrib faces significant losses.

F-S managing director Lasse Hyyti told Variety the ban would cause the company “losses of tens of thousand of euros.”

Hyyti said he considers the decision to ban the film “inconceivable, taken that the film already has cumed nearly 80,000 admissions.”

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