Leaving a seemingly endless trail of controversy in its wake, Srdjan Spasojevic’s ruthless A Serbian Film will soon be unleashed (albeit in a heavily cut form) on the population of the UK. To help with the anticipation, we have a look at the UK trailer for you!
You should also check out Cult Labs’ official A Serbian Film website, where you can nab yourself tickets for the London premiere, taking place on 25th November at The Prince Charles Cinema
(7 Leicester Place, London) with the director and producer in attendance (click here for ticket info).
Milos is a retired porn star who made his name in foreign productions. In order to sustain his impoverished family, he accepts an invitation from an ex-partner and friend, Layla, for one last job. He’s supposed to star in an “art porn” movie in which his instincts are more important than knowing what the script is about. The director sounds intelligent and convincing, even charming. But the first day of shooting is a bit strange. Then it gets weirder. When Milos decides to pull out, things go from bad to worse. And worse. Until they reach the unspeakable.
A beautifully shot and edited film with an excellent sense of timing and narrative economy, it is graced by a superb, droning industrial score. The drama is augmented by incredibly convincing and poignant performances.
A Serbian Film (review here) is firmly rooted in the frustration and despair of living in Serbia today. It reinvents the horror genre to suit its own purpose, turning it into a powerful cinematic scream of anger and frustration. It offers a stylized version of what it feels like to grow up in a country humiliated, denigrated, impoverished, bombed-out, stripped of its territory, labeled genocidal and haunted by the spirits of war crimes both real and constructed. The film is a scream against shady politics, both domestic and foreign; against limitations both internal and external; against being both metaphorically and literally fucked. There are moments where it goes to devastating extremes, but never without purpose or reason. You won’t know whether to laugh, cry, stare in disbelief or leave the theatre when faced with the transgressive new links between sex and death that A Serbian Film reveals. This film will fuck your senses and rape your soul. You have been warned.
Regarding how the flick holds up despite the more than four minutes of cuts it’s had to suffer: We’ll let you know when we see it.
A Serbian Film – UK Trailer
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