A poster for Penelope Cruz’s newest film, “Parallel Mothers,” showing a lactating nipple has been censored on Instagram.
The artwork for the Pedro Almodóvar-directed drama simply shows a lone breast dripping milk in front of a red background. Artist Javier Jaén said Monday that the poster was deemed too racy for Instagram. He shared the promo piece on social media again and wrote in Spanish, “As expected @instagram has removed the poster we made for Almodóvar’s latest film #madresparalelas. I will post it again. Thank you for sharing it.”
Fans loved the poster and commented their appreciation for the graphic. “Magnificent work for an amazing film director! Bravo Javier!” one user exclaimed. “Your work is always excellent [and is] breaking barriers, Javier 🙌,” another added. Many other fans simply commented heart, fire and clapping hands emojis to celebrate the risqué artwork.
“Parallel Mothers” is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival Sept. 1. The movie was shot in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and follows two pregnant mothers who meet in a hospital before giving birth to their babies.
The official plot from Sony reads, “Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors.”
“The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way,” the synopsis concludes.
Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of “Dune,” starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, will also premiere at the festival, which is scheduled to run until Sept. 11.
The Post has reached out to Cruz, Jaén and Sony for comment.