‘Blue Valentine’ Premieres In London, Will Contest NC-17 Rating

Michelle Williams was joined by Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance and Harvey Weinstein at the BFI London Film Festival today, despite the news that the film is receiving a preliminary NC-17 rating from the MPAA board.

The Weinstein Company has appealed the rating and a hearing will be held in November, hopefully changing the rating so that the buzzworthy performances of both Williams and co-star Ryan Gosling may qualify for Oscar consideration in December.

The film has impressed in festival runs that began at Sundance last January (it was acquired by Weinstein shortly after), followed by Cannes and then Toronto. Cianfrance’s drama tracks through flashbacks the slow corrosion of the relationship between a young couple, and the rating was given for a drunken attempt at sex between the married couple after they head off for a night in a hotel in an attempt to repair their relationship.

You can watch the trailer for the film after the jump!