Eddie Redmayne’s critically acclaimed transgender drama The Danish Girl has been banned in Qatar.
In the movie, the British actor plays Lili Elbe, one of the earliest recipients of gender-reassignment surgery, and the role has won him a slew of nominations as Hollywood’s awards season gets underway.
However, officials in the conservative Middle Eastern country of Qatar have now pulled the film from cinemas and ruled it can no longer be shown.
“We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned department and the screening of the… film is now banned from cinemas. We thank your unwavering vigilance,” a statement from Qatar’s Ministry of Culture reads.
A representative for Qatar Cinemas, which operates a number of theatres in the country, confirmed to Doha News that screenings of the film have been cancelled.
The Danish Girl has been praised for its candid look at one woman’s experience and has kept the transgender discussion alive in Hollywood. With stars like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner flying the flag for transgender people, it’s a hot topic, with Eddie also commenting.
“I was in New York when (Caitlyn’s) Vanity Fair cover came out and I was reading The New York Times, and all of the op-ed pieces that were being written about it,” he previously recalled to Out magazine. “The dialogue was so rich and full, with everyone having opinions. Then I came back and saw the trailer for the film.
“I absolutely salute (Caitlyn’s) courage. Hers is a very specific story, and it’s one that shouldn’t stand for everybody’s. But it is amazing what’s she gone through and how she’s done it.”
The movie and its star had been hotly tipped to pick up prizes at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (10Jan16), but lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio and his film The Revenant.
– Cover Media