The non-controversy surrounding Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan reached a gentle simmer today as Mullah Omar, new head of the MPAA, refused to lift the NC-17 smack-down put on his new film Where the Truth Lies. Egoyan went back and made several efforts to trim for a more teen-internet-porno-fanboy-friendly R-rating, but the board still wasn't pleased by the amount of pokage shown in its central ménage à trios featuring Kevin Bacon, Rachel Blanchard and (ew) Colin Firth.
"We just couldn't trim any more pubes without destroying the heart of the movie," Egoyan told the Hollywood Reporter Thursday. But all is not lost; distributor ThinkFilm has announced it will shun the censors and release the film UNRATED.
"The good news is the film will go out as it was originally intended, with little adverse consequence, and coast on a wave of free mainstream-media publicity it would never have received otherwise. Given the reviews thus far, we need all the help we can get." said Egoyan.
A senior ThinkFilm executive commented, "We look forward to capitalizing on this publicity stunt to bring the work of a world-class filmmaker like Atom Egoyan to audiences who thought Ararat just sounded too boring, or might have never heard of him at all."
The publishers of papers in Montana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma that refuse to accept advertising for films bearing the NC-17 rating, and are generally blamed for the adverse conditions under which NC-17 movies find release, are already planning a protest to coincide with the film's opening in neighboring states.
We're certainly intrigued, and awful or awesome, if there's a film out with Egoyan's name on it, the Reverse Blog will be there.