Londoners, including Mayor Ken Livingstone, may be sick to death of the city’s pigeons, but Brit censors have rushed to their defense.
Helmer Emir Kusturica has been embroiled in a dispute over a two-second shot depicting a cat pouncing on a pigeon in his romance “Life Is a Miracle,” which bowed March 11 from distrib Artificial Eye.
The British Board of Film Classification says the scene contravenes the 1937 Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act, which outlaws “any scene organized or directed for the purposes of the film to involve actual cruelty to animals.”
Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, Kusturica raged, “I am not cutting my film “What is the problem with you English? You killed millions of Indians and Africans, and yet you go nuts about the circumstances of the death of a single Serbian pigeon. I am touched you hold the lives of Serbian birds so dear, but you are crazy.”
Accusing the BBFC of “messing with my sleep,” Kusturica threatened to pull “Miracle” if the censor didn’t back down.
BBFCspokesperson Sue Clark says the director has now “provided assurances which have satisfied us.”
Rumor is Kusturica assured the BBFC the pigeon in question was, in fact, already dead when it was chosen as a prop.