Laced with explicit sex, late term abortions and animal violence Branko Schmidt's new Croatian effort Vegetarian Cannibal
may very well be this year's A Serbian Film
in terms of its willingness to push hot button topics to the extreme in the name of social commentary. Cineuropa describes the story like this:
Dr Danko Babić (Rene Bitorajac) is a successful gynecologist in
his mid-30s. Although clearly an expert in his field, he is an
unscrupulously ambitious and utterly despicable person. Babić's best
friend is chief police inspector Ilija (Leon Lučev), with whom he takes part in sport-betting scams, and who leads him to 'controversial businessman' Jedinko (Emir Hadžihafizbegović).
Jedinko deals in hard drugs and high-end prostitution (naturally, with
police support), and needs a gynecologist to take care of his
'employees', meaning doing illegal abortions for the pros. It all
represents government, organized crime and corruption working
hand-in-hand, typical of Croatian society.
A multiple award winner at the Pula Film Festival - where it took both best director and best actor prizes, among others - the trailer for this one is gritty, nasty stuff. Check it below.
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