The creators of the Israeli horror film "Kalevet" ("Rabies" ) are fuming over the decision of the Israeli Film Council to label the film for audiences of age 16 and over. Yesterday the producer of the film, Hilik Michaeli, lambasted the decision, saying that the board is choosing to get tough on an Israeli film while showing lenience toward violent American movies.
Aharon Keshales and Navot Paposhaddo, who wrote the screenplay for "Kalevet," said they were surprised and disappointed by the film council's decision, particularly in light of the more relaxed rating that the board applied to what they said were more violent films, such as "Piranha," which was rated for audiences of 14 and over, and "Kick-Ass," which was rated for audiences as young as 12 years of age. They rejected the contention that a distinction could be made between people killing people in their film and fish killing people in "Piranha." They also noted that "Kick-Ass" features a young girl who becomes a killer to avenge the death of her father, and it is rated 12 years and up.
The 16-and-over rating given "Kalevet" in Israel could seriously affect the film's box office success as the film features a cast of relatively young actors, who were expected to draw a young audience to see the movie. The cast includes Lior Ashkenazi, Ran Danker, Ania Bukstein, Henry David, Ofer Shechter and Menashe Noy. The film reportedly drew 8,500 viewers in its first four days in the theaters.
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