What do the age classifications EA (children allowed), 6, 12, 16 and 18 mean?
The classifications EA (children allowed), 6, 12, 16 or 18, allocated to a particular film, are published by the Independent Luxembourg Authority for Audio and Visual media (ALIA). This authority: ¥ monitors the ranking of films, respect and publication of the latter by Kinepolis, ¥ rates the classification operated by Kinepolis and can reclassify, if necessary, by reasoned decision, the films. ¥ publishes the classification for each film. As a cinema operator, Kinepolis is required to follow the classification published by ALIA and to communicate it to its customers. Kinepolis' programmmes stipulate the official acronym for each film. The law of 20th April 2009 on access to cinematographic representations further provides that, depending on the content of the film, the cinema operator must classify the film in one of the following 5 categories: ¥ film accessible to all, ¥ film accessible to people aged 6 and over, ¥ film accessible to people aged 12 and over, ¥ film accessible to people aged 16 and over, ¥ film accessible to people aged 18 and over. Among the elements that are considered when assessing the content of a film are: violence, horror, sexuality, racial, sexual, opinion, religion or nationality discrimination, incitement to hatred, abuse of drugs or alcohol, improper language, sensitive themes including suicide and family breakdown, the overall impact of the film or projected images. Note that if a minor of at least 6 years of age is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, this young person is eligible for a film rated above his age.
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