People are talking.
When Boise Weekly published an Oct. 9 essay about how Blue is the Warmest Color, an NC-17-rated film about love between two women, was apparently too hot for local theaters to handle, the nation's entertainment press pounced on our story.
Variety, the "show business Bible," ran a story with the Oct.10 headline, "Blue Is the Warmest Color Can't Play Idaho Theater Due to Obscenity." The Hollywood Reporter followed suit with its headline, "Racy Palme d'Or Winner Blue is the Warmest Color Won't Show in Idaho Theaters." Britain's The Guardian then picked up the story, its Oct. 10 headline reading, "Blue is the Warmest Color banned in Idaho as Sex and Alcohol Don't Mix."
The controversy stemmed from our reporting on Idaho Code 23-614, which prohibits exhibition of "sexual intercourse..." and "any person being touched, caressed, or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals." And with The Flicks--everyone's favorite showcase for critically acclaimed films--beer and wine license hanging in the balance, ownership has decided not to showcase any NC-17 films.
Sundance Films began tweeting out Boise Weekly's story: "Want to see the Palme d'Or winner? Let's get noisy Boise!"
Insiders at Sundance tell Boise Weekly that they've been actively working on securing a Boise showcase so that Idahoans may indeed get to see the film. Stay tuned.