Gris Gris Film Opens Amidst Protest

Belgian Cat and Director Gris Gris’ new film, “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” has Opened in America to the Tune of about $36,000, but angry Protests may have either Disrupted Business for the Movie – or they may have Added to its Appeal (Analysts are Loathe to Guess which).

The Film, which has spawned a Boycott Effort which among other things incorrectly claims that the Title can be Translated to mean “America is Devil-Spawn,” opened over the New Years Holiday Weekend in four Theaters in New York and Los Angeles in order that it might Qualify for Possible Oscar Contention. It is not likely to Qualify in the Foreign Film Category of the Oscars, as Belgian Representatives are considered unlikely to Submit it as the Nation’s Entry for an Award.

In addition to the Boycott’s ire at what they perceive to be Gris Gris’ anti-American Views, they are also concerned about what they have dubbed the “Veg Agenda” – referring to the Fact that Gris Gris is a Vegetarian. Helping their Efforts to Block Citizens from Viewing the Film, Critics have mostly Panned it. Still, it has managed to gain a Reputation as Something to See as a Curio at the very Least; and distributor Magnolia Pictures seems to be Clinging to the Notion that Gris Gris Himself should be Considered for a Writing or Directing Oscar: the Company has taken out Advertisements in Variety Magazine making just such a Recommendation to Academy Voters.

—The Minister of Culture—

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Gris Gris Film Embroiled in Controversy


The upcoming Release of the new film by Belgian Cat and Film Director Gris Gris has come under Fire from an American Group called “No More Gris Gris” which is attempting to Block its Release.

The Film, entitled “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” is set for a December Release by Magnolia Pictures, which Acquired the Rights to the Film after a controversial Bidding War following the Sundance Film Festival earlier this Year.

No More Gris Gris claims that the Film is Anti-American and Disgusting, among other Criticisms, and they are calling on a Boycott of any American Theatre which elects to Exhibit the Movie. They are also planning a Campaign to involve American Politicians in the Matter, although such Efforts at Film Censorship have been largely Avoided by the US Government in recent Decades.

-*-The Minister of Culture-*-

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Gris Gris Film Picked Up by Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures picked up the latest Film by Belgian Director Gris Gris, “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” for American Distribution. The Film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last Month to much Critical Panning, which was Followed by a Short-Lived Bidding War for Distribution Rights. Few Companies attempted to Buy the Film, and Bidding went Nowhere after Gris Gris and his Producers presented what were described as “Ridiculous Terms” to those Attempting to Make Bids. The Distributors then Universally Walked Away from Negotiations, and the Film was left for Dead.

A Magnolia spokesperson said that the Company was able to Negotiate the Deal after the Festival had Concluded, and that they intend to Release the Film in the U.S.A. late this Year in Hopes of giving Critics and Audiences a “Fresh Look at it” – and to make a Case for some Manner of Academy Awards Consideration.

Gris Gris said that he was “overwonnen met vreugde en geluk” to know that the Film would be Able to Find a Wider Audience. Two of Gris Gris’ Films have Previously been Released into Theatres in America.

-+-The Minister of Culture-+-

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