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A Serbian Film

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A Serbian Film

(Srpski film)

Canadian Premiere

  • Serbia 2010
  • 100 min
  • 35mm
  • Serbian with English subtitles
Hosted by director/producer/co-screenwriter Srdjan Spasojevic, co-screenwriter Aleksandar Radivojevic & executive producer Nikola Pantelic



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“A prime example of the potential power of cinema itself” — Brian Kelley, POP SYNDICATE

“One of the most legitimately fascinating films I've ever seen... so shocking, so legitimately disturbing that it boggles the mind” — Scott Weinberg, FEAR.NET

“I was among a group of a half-dozen battle-hardened critics and writers who, when asked for their impressions of what they had just seen, found themselves unable to string together a coherent sentence. Consensus: A SERBIAN FILM was, by a long shot, the most disturbing thing we had ever seen" - Eugene Novikov, CINEMATICAL


Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Screenplay: Srdjan Spasojevic, Aleksandar Radivojevic
Cast: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Katarina Zutic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Slobodan Bestic
Producers: Srdjan Spasojevic, Nikola Pantelic
Print Source: Contra Film

Part of...

Subversive Serbia   

Subversive Serbia



Be forewarned: this is one of the most disturbing films you will ever experience, and we don’t say this lightly. 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, to accept 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 SERBIAN FILM caused a lot of buzz after it amazed, enthralled and stunned audiences at Austin's SXSW. Comparisons to the most shocking films were made. IRREVERSIBLE, SALO and MARTYRS were invoked—with good reason. But this is much more than a “dare” film which you can later boast of having lived to tell the tale about. Yes, it does graphically present some of the most depraved and sickening concepts and images ever depicted (or merely hinted at) in legitimate, serious cinema. But it is so much more. This is 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 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 f***ed. 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 f*** your senses and rape your soul. You have been warned.

—Dejan Ognjanovic

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