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Following ban in Qatar, five other Arab countries will not screen Tom Hooper's film The Danish Girl

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jan 2016
The Danish Girl
(Photo: still from The Danish Girl)
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The Oscar-nominated film The Danish Girl, which was banned by the authorities in Qatar early this week, also failed also to pass local censors in five other Arab countries.

Qatar's Culture Ministry announced Tuesday that The Danish Girl would be banned from the country's movie screens, "We have communicated with the necessary departments and have banned showing the Danish film on movie screens," the ministry tweeted, without providing further details about why the film had been banned.

Local website The Doha News reported that Qatar cinemas had confirmed that all showings of the film had been cancelled.

Following Qatar's announcement, The Danish Girl failed to pass local censors in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait.

The film is a 2015 British pseudo-biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painter Lili Elbe, one of the first known people to go through sex reassignment surgery.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener, Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil, and Ben Whishaw as Henrik.

The Danish Girl has garnered positive reviews, and nominations for several awards, including Oscar nominations for Redmagne and Vikander in the categories of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for costume and production design. 

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