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Scene from AntichristA newspaper advert for controversial Lars Von Trier movie, Antichrist - which shows a naked Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg having sex - has escaped censure from the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) with the ruling it was "unlikely to cause sexual excitement".

Find out more... Scene from AntichristA newspaper advert for controversial Lars Von Trier movie, Antichrist - which shows a naked Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg having sex - has escaped censure from the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) with the ruling it was "unlikely to cause sexual excitement".

The movie, which contains graphic scenes of self-mutilation, was given an 18 certificate in the UK but the advert for the film - which appeared in national newspapers including The Times and The Independent - received seven complainants saying that it was pornographic with concerns that children might see it.

The ASA ruling continued: "If children did see the ad, it was not considered particularly explicit. The dream-like context, introduced by the hands protruding from the tree, had the effect of making the image of the naked couple seem removed from reality."

The ASA did carry a warning about the film's content, however, including "strong real sex, bloody violence and self mutilation". This is "cinema at its most extreme," it added.

The film, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, is a gruesome psychological horror thriller about a grieving couple who, after the death of their son, retreat to their cabin in the woods and encounter strange and terrifying occurrences.

At one point, Dafoe's character encounters a fox devouring its own flesh and the animal tosses its head and snarls the words "Chaos reigns." Apparently, the scene's aphorism has taken off with US fans, who have started a #chaosreigns Twitter stream and are demanding T-shirts with the catchphrase.

At this year's Cannes Film Festival, where Antichrist received its premiere to a mixture of derision and critical acclaim, director Lars Von Trier defended his work , saying: "I don't think I owe anyone an explanation. I made it for myself."

Antichrist is in select cinemas now and on DVD from 11 January.