The poster and trailer of the movie Serbis have been rated X—or banned from public exhibition—by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Yesterday, June 10, Brillante "Dante" Mendoza informed PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) regarding this development and said that the MTRCB will review the film today, June 11, to determine whether it will receive an R-18 or not. The producers plan to have it reviewed by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) next week to determine if it will be eligible to receive amusement tax exemptions.
The poster of Serbis shows actor Coco Martin standing in an empty cinema house while someone is kneeling in front of him with his face seen above the groin area of Coco. When asked if they will change the poster, Direk Dante says that they plan to darken the lower portion of the poster to hide the kneeling person.
As for the trailer, Direk Dante says that he thought it was safe to be shown here in the country. "Ayaw nila [MTRCB] ng humahalik sina Mercedes [Cabral] at Coco. Hubad sila pareho pero wala namang nakita. Smack lang yung ginawa nila.
"Ayaw rin nila nung scene na naglalakad si Jaclyn Jose sa madilim na lugar. Ayaw rin nila yung taong nakaupo na naninigarilyo."
In the Philippine version of Serbis, what scenes do they plan to remove?
"Yung frontal nudity ni Kristofer King. Yung kay Coco hindi tatanggalin. Masyado lang mukhang totoo yung scene niya. It is assumed that they really did it, pero hindi."
Last May 18, Serbis had its world premiere screening at the Grand Lumiere Theater in Cannes, France.
Direk Dante, actors Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin, Kristofer King, and Mercedes Cabral, writer Armando Lao, producers Ferdy Lapuz and Didier Costet as well as cinematographer Odyssey Flores attended the 61st Cannes International Film Festival. This trip was subsidized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, headed by Chairman Jacky Atienza and CEB chairperson Christine Dayrit.
Serbis is expected to open in selected Metro Manila theaters on June 18.