The Beirut International Film Festival said it had been informed by censors that 'L'inconnu du lac' (Stranger by the Lake), a thriller by Alain Guiraudie about two men who fall in love after meeting at a cruising spot for gay men along the shore of a lake.
The other film is "I Offered You Pleasure," by 26-year-old Lebanese director Farah Shaer. It deals with the controversial subject of temporary marriage, or "pleasure marriage," a tradition among some Shiites that opponents view as an excuse for sex outside of conventional wedlock, otherwise forbidden by Islam.
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A security official said the censorship board, which is attached to the interior ministry, had concluded the two films did "not meet its criteria" and that the minister would make a final decision on them.
Despite unbridled access to media via the Internet and the widespread pirating of DVDs, censors in multi-sectarian Lebanon ban all artistic works they believe incite sectarian strife, undermine morals or state authority, or which further "Israeli propaganda."
Lebanon also respects a region-wide boycott of the Israeli arts enforced by the Arab League.
Earlier this year,Beirut censored Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's award-winning film "The Attack" because it was partly shot in Tel Aviv with Israeli actors.