The delay in the issuance of rental certificates arose because of a law prohibiting to show the swastika that causes issues even for the painting about the crimes of the Nazis
– The Ministry of culture explained the situation with the distribution certificate for the film “the Stolen treasures of Europe” the need for further examination of the picture due to the presence in it of a swastika.
“When we brought the documents to the film “the Stolen treasures of Europe”, Department of cinematography drew attention to the fact that there is one swastika. We have the Federal law “About perpetuating of victory of the Soviet people in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945″ banning the propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi symbols. The employee of Department of cinematography of Ministry of culture warned the distributor that the Agency needed more time as we need additional examination of the paintings or have a swastika cover up or remove frames where it is present,” led “Interfax” the words of the Director of the Department of cinematography of the Ministry of culture Olga Lyubimova.
According to her, no denial of rental license was not.
“We just asked for time for further examination. We have received the relevant expert opinion of lawyers of the legal Department of the Ministry of culture, consulted with the law, with the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation and made the decision that we can issue a certificate for distribution. And if the employee Nevafilm now come to the Department of cinematography, it will receive a distribution certificate on this film,” continued the Director.
Earlier, the film distribution division of the company “Nevafilm” CinemaEmotion wrote on Facebook that the Ministry of culture “refused to issue a distribution certificate in Museum show “Stolen treasures of Europe,” which the company “Nevafilm” planned to release on 6 September 2018 to the 73rd anniversary of the end of the Second world war”.
The film tells about the works that the Nazi regime was considered to be “degenerate art”, and how the Nazis took out the masterpieces to Germany.
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