Cinefranco Rejects Ultraviolent Films

Toronto’s “Cinefranco” festival of French-language films gets underway this month, but the lineup will not include Gaspar Noe’s celebrated Irreversible, which is part of a new wave of ‘shock-violence’ films. Cinefranco “has also refused to screen several other French art-house films using extremes of violence in recent years. These new films, which blend sophisticated scripts with protracted and gratuitous use of violence, are the object of great controversy among critics.”