Qatar pulls plug on 'The Danish Girl,' film about transgender artist

Alicia Vikander was nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for her "Danish Girl" performance.

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  • The film has been nominated for several awards
  • No reason was given for banning the film, which opened over the weekend in several Middle East nations

(CNN)Authorities in Qatar have banned the movie "The Danish Girl," a story about a transgender Danish artist that opened over the weekend in several nations in the Middle East.

"We would like to inform you that we have communicated with the necessary departments and have banned showing the Danish film on movie screens," Qatar's Culture Ministry tweeted Tuesday.
Authorities did not provide a specific reason for banning the movie. Qatar is a conservative Muslim nation.

A fictionalized biopic

"The Danish Girl," has garnered positive reviews, and nominations for several awards, notably BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for best actor for Eddie Redmayne and best actress for Alicia Vikander.
The film is fiction -- based loosely, however, on the lives of the Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage evolves, as does their work, as Lili undergoes a gender transition.
The nominations for the Oscars will be announced Thursday, and judging from its previous success, "The Danish Girl" seems likely to receive some Oscar nominations.