PRAGUE — The Karlovy Vary fest screening of “American Psycho” could prove the hottest ticket of the July film event. Local distrib Falcon notified Columbia TriStar Intl. that it won’t play the film in the Czech Republic.
Falcon managing director Jan Bradac told Daily Variety that he rejected the film on moral grounds after seeing only a trailer. “It’s not even ‘Natural Born Killers’ or a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie,” he said. “This is just realistic murder.”
Bradac said Columbia TriStar supervisor Mark Braddel was understanding. “He didn’t push me to take it.”
Karlovy Vary Forum of Independents programmer Hana Cielova said, “We would love to show it. I think it is a great satire full of cruel irony.”
Distributors routinely pass on titles deemed not commercial enough to break even in this country of 10 million, reaping around 9 million admissions in recent years. “American Psycho” marks the first rejection on moral grounds.
While Lions Gate Intl. reps the film in foreign territories, CTSI acquired some lands for subdistribution.