IFC Films screened Wednesday in a selection of cinemas across the country for a screening of the uncensored director's film from the controversial serial killer Lars von Trier, "The House Built by Jack" on Wednesday.
But now, IFC, the distributor of the film, faces penalties for violating the classification rules of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the MPAA said the IFC had violated the rules of the classification system by projecting the unrated version of the film without derogation, at a distance as close to the release of the R-rated version, which will be presented at the cinema on December 14th.
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"The effectiveness of the ratings of the MPAA depends on our ability to maintain the trust of American parents," said the MPAA. "That's why the rules clearly indicate the proper use of rankings." Failure to adhere to these rules can cause confusion among parents and adversely affect the grading system – and may result in penalties being imposed From the author of the film. "
According to THR, the sanctions could include the revocation of the "The House That Jack Built" R rating, or the suspension of the classification process of other IFC films awaiting the CARA (Classification and Ratings Administration), who assigns scores to the MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners. Sanctions will be determined after a CARA hearing.
IFC bought "The House That Built Jack" after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. This uncensored cut pushed more than 100 people out of the room because of his terrible depictions of violence against women and children, including The heads are carried away by a rifle.
Critics have described it as "one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life at the movies", "vile" and "disgusting". However, those who attended the entire screening in Cannes cheered on the film and there was a positive reaction from social media after the screening on Wednesday.