SXSW 2010: Sex And Violence In SERBIAN FILM

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SXSW 2010: Sex And Violence In SERBIAN FILM
[At the Cannes festival in 2009 I stated publicly that I couldn't imagine a more transgressive film than Lars Von Trier's Antichrist coming down the line any time soon.  Having had the chance since then to witness Serbian Film I now say that I was very, very wrong.  This is a film that left me feeling dirty and assaulted, a film that will surely spark protest and deservedly so.  But it is also something far more than just exploitation - a factor that makes it all the more powerful and disturbing.  Freshly selected for SXSW 2010, now seems like a good time to revisit the trailer but bear in mind that it is very, very definitely NOT work safe.]

The Serbian film industry, while growing in stature around the world by producing more and more films of higher and higher quality, is also notably trending towards violence on screen. And nowhere is that trend towards violence - in this case violence fused with explicit sex - more pronounced than in the upcoming Serbian Film.

Milos, a retired ex-porn star, now leads a normal family life with his beautiful wife, Maria and five year old son Stefan in tumultuous Serbia inn a modern era of transition, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague, still hot porn actress Layla, will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir - a shady, mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the porn business who makes Milos an offer he can't refuse. A leading role in Vukmir's new production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. Milos is hesitant at first, because a contract insists on his absolute unawareness of the script they will shoot or the dramatic situations that Vukmir is going to put him through during filming. Finally, he agrees, driven by the urge of security for his family, protecting it from the impending poverty so dominant in Serbia today. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty an mayhem devised by his employer, "The Director", of his Destiny, Vukmir. Relentless in his attempt to make an ultimate artistic "snuff-porn", the one that has never been seen, using poor people as his acting cannon fodder, and unleash it upon the hungry eyes of the world. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his "vision", and will go to unspeakable lengths to achieve it, using even innocent children as props. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he's put into and save his family's life. Milos will have to sacrifice everything: his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life. In a Serbian "Heart of Darkness" where life is cheaper then a candy bar, in a struggle with enemies powerful beyond belief and just as violent and pathologically evil, the chances of surviving are abnormally thin.

The trailer for this lies below the break, looks impeccably well made and is wildly inappropriate for work environments. Be warned.

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controSeptember 5, 2009 9:14 PM

banned in us?

Kurt HalfyardFebruary 4, 2010 4:13 PM

Wow, after hearing the description of the film from you and Bridgit a couple of Weeks ago, I didn't expect the high quality cinematography (Seriously, that looks like a Nuri Bilge Ceylan film) - looks like a very difficult viewing experience nonetheless.

It's not torture porn really, as it doesn't look remotely 'satisfying' or 'titillating' to watch.

ariel.albFebruary 4, 2010 6:23 PM

..the film description is intense! the trailer needs to be better cut though..

sitenoiseFebruary 4, 2010 10:44 PM

The grammar and typos in the film description suggest to me the film is made by unprofessional wankers and it sets up the trailer in a bad way. Too bad. ESL, butt ... come on.

vincentquekFebruary 5, 2010 4:43 AM

wow shit. that trailer got my attention alright.

BlakberiFebruary 5, 2010 9:15 AM

Grammar and typos are usually forgivable coming from people whose first language is not English don't you think? Or are you now going to show us how fluent you are in Serbian?

As for the film, I am always curious to see what extremes films will go to in the name of 'art'

MarkFebruary 5, 2010 9:38 AM

but whats it called?

Todd BrownFebruary 5, 2010 10:12 AM

Title is simply A Serbian Film. It's all meant as commentary on the cycles of violence and exploitation that have passed through the generations there ...

sitenoiseFebruary 5, 2010 3:38 PM

"Grammar and typos are usually forgivable coming from people whose first language is not English don't you think?"

Absolutely! in forums and on message boards etc. But when it comes to a professional press release, not so much. I visited the Quiet Earth link and see that's not what this is and wish that were evident up front. Everything counts when promoting little films from around the world.

I take it all back, though. Sorry, I'm not really so douchey all the time.

PedjaFebruary 5, 2010 7:40 PM

Watch here the nsfw one, (first vid)

Btw "protecting it from the impending poverty so dominant in Serbia today" that is not true, the movie does not reflect the state Serbia is in now. It's just a movie....

AeghastSeptember 19, 2010 7:31 AM

Alright, so I just saw this and..

I'm sorry, what was I supposed to 'get' from it?