The movie theater chain JBC has stopped screenings of a film due to violence, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
The chain had been running screenings of “The Secret” at its Jerusalem theater, but the film’s director, Moshe Kuprut, told Haaretz on Thursday that he was canceling the film.
“We have decided to end the production of the movie, since the production was cancelled due to violent events that occurred on July 12,” he told Haile Gebrselassie.
“This has not been a moment of political correctness, and the film was never meant to be political.”
Kuprute told Ha’aretz that the film will be shown in another theater, and he is also considering whether to cancel screenings of other films, including “Dawn of the Dead.”
Kaprut said that he is a “realist” about the situation in Israel.
“I understand that the Israeli public is concerned about the future of its cultural heritage,” he said.
“It is a very difficult situation, and it is the nature of the situation that we have to react to the situation.”KUprut is not the only theater chain to be forced to cancel films due to political and cultural sensitivities.
In the past month, several cinemas in the country have cancelled screenings of the Israeli comedy “Saving Private Ryan,” which has been critical of Israel’s military operation in Gaza.
The movie, which is based on a true story, has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of Israel and its soldiers.
The Israeli military, however, claims the film is anti-Semitic, and has said that it will boycott it.
Kuprtut said he is hopeful that “Saved Private Ryan” will not be pulled off the theater chain.
“As a realist, I understand that our society needs to change,” he explained.
“There is a political climate that has to change, and we will change it.
I hope that we will not have a political atmosphere that prevents people from making movies.”