The MPAA has overturned another rating for a Weinstein Co. film, shifting the classification of “Miral” from R to PG-13.
Filmmaker Julian Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik spearheaded Thursday’s appeal, which they argued was unduly restrictive and limited the film’s ability to open a dialogue with people about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Pair screened an edited version of the movie for Thursday’s hearing, but Schnabel told Variety that the filmmakers did not cut any of the more controversial scenes, which he said were not so much graphic as emotionally jarring.
Pic is based on the autobiographical novel of the same title by author and journalist Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay.
Film tells the story of Miral, a young Palestinian girl growing up in East Jerusalem, who must confront the effects of the region’s conflict on every aspect of her life.
“I just made the film so there would be a conversation about this,” Schnabel told Variety of the Palestinian/Israeli divide. He added that the MPAA was more concerned about the emotional gravity of the film than with graphic elements.
“Sometimes it seems like movies can be PG when they’re supposed to be a joke or a parody of something. And maybe once something’s really serious, people take it seriously.”
TWC acquired North American rights to “Miral” in June and plans to unspool the pic March 25.
Company has had other ratings drama recently. Last year, the MPAA gave “The King’s Speech” an R for a string of expletives and handed out a distribution-crushing NC-17 to “Blue Valentine,” the latter of which got reduced to an R after TWC appealed. Company also submitted an edited version of “Speech” to get a PG-13.