A Serbian Film Deemed Child Pornography in Barcelona

And the little film designed to shock, offend, put off, and disgust its viewers, A Serbian Film has caused a hell of a lot of commotion at the Sitges Film Festival in Barcelona when it screened there. Hold on to your asses, folks!

According to Spanish Website El Pais festival director, Angel Sala, has been formally charged with the exhibition of what they’re calling child pornography in connection with a screening of A Serbian Film at the 2010 edition of the festival.

Interestingly enough the scene everyone’s all up in arms about, while no doubt disgusting, takes place off screen and is merely implied. Does that make it right? Either way, like or agree with the film or not, no one was harmed during its making and everything onscreen is fictitious.

Stay tuned for more on this outrageous story soon.

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.

For more, check out Cult Labs’ official A Serbian Film website.

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  • Terminal

    That’s a heavy accusation. I wonder what the horror community will think about this.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • tedge1979

    The “newborn porn” scene is definitely onscreen, at least in the version I saw.

    • Sirand

      That’s not what they’re referring to. The newborn scene was used with animatronics…so that doesn’t hold up.

      Regardless of what you think of the film, this is scary news indeed.

      • PelusaMG

        Hang on, that doesn’t make sense… So an animatronic puppet being pretend raped, is not the same as simulated scenes with a real person? The puppet is designed to look real, the actor is acting as though they are being raped – what is the difference? The intention is the same, even though the means are different!