The Spanish distributor for the film Without Men cut steamy lesbian scenes before The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Barcelona. Tayrona Entertainment, the film’s distribution company in Spain, said that the film was “re-edited” for a mainstream audience.
The film is about a Latin American village that needs to find a way to exist with the absence of men due to communist guerillas forcibly recruiting all of them. Written and directed by Gabriela Tagliavini, the film is based on a novel by James Canon and stars Eva Longoria, Christian Slater, and Mexican sensation Kate Del Castillo. The women face issues such as getting money to go shopping, daily household tasks, reproduction, and of course, intimacy.
"We are very angry that a distributor can modify the content of a film," said Xavier Daniel, director of the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. "The audience will not understand the film, because all the lesbian scenes are cut out. It is unbelievable in the year 2011."
As a result of censoring the scenes between Longoria and Del Castillo, the film festival decided to cancel the screening.