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Insider at Texas film festival says Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis's erotic thriller has 'an ugliness and a deadness to it'

It has already been turned down by the Sundance film festival, and now it appears SXSW has also passed on the Lindsay Lohan erotic thriller The Canyons over what are described as "quality issues".

The Hollywood Reporter quotes an insider at the Austin, Texas festival who said Paul Schrader's film, based on a screenplay by the novelist Bret Easton Ellis, has "an ugliness and a deadness to it". The decision by both festivals – if confirmed – comes as a shock given the prominence of the film-makers: Schrader is the writer of Martin Scorsese classics Taxi Driver and Raging Bull as well as a significant director in his own right. Ellis, while not generally praised as a screenwriter, is the celebrated author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero. »

- Ben Child

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