A Serbian Film director Srđan Spasojević participated in a rare Q&A following a screening of his extremely controversial movie as part of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival in 2015. When an audience member asked the infamous filmmaker if he has any regrets about making it, you could hear a pin drop as attendees waited for his response. Considering the film has led to child pornography charges for a festival director in Spain, sent co-writer Aleksandar Radivojevic into hiding fearing retaliation from the Serbian Government, and branded Spasojević as a “smut peddler”, you might imagine he wishes he had reigned in the psycho-sexual mayhem. Instead, his response dropped jaws:
“I wish I had made it harder; more extreme.” (Source)
The answer was shocking, not just because of the director’s irreverence for criticism, but because most people who have seen A Serbian Film can’t image how it could possibly be more extreme. I mean, where do you go after “Newborn Porn”?
While we may never be able to imagine what Spasojević truly had in mind (which is probably a good thing!), we’ll at least be getting access to a slightly more depraved version of A Serbian Film as a brand new Director’s Cut is in the works.
Per Dread Central:
Stephen Biro, the head of Unearthed Films, told a crowd [Texas Frightmare 2017] that the company has landed the US rights to A Serbian Film. They’ll be releasing an “ultimate director’s cut” that’s over 5 minutes longer than what’s been seen. The film’s director, Srdjan Spasojevic, also has over 60 hours of behind-the-scenes footage to cut into special features.
Seven years after its initial festival run, A Serbian Film is still widely regarded as the most controversial film of the 21st Century—or possibly ever. The movie’s reputation is well earned; meaning everything you’ve heard about it is probably true. If you’ve avoided A Serbian Film for fear of triggers, I’d say that’s most likely a smart move. But if you haven’t experienced the emotionally devastating film for yourself, and you’re curious, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: An aging porn star (Srdjan Todorovic) who’s struggling to provide for his family agrees to make a film that, unbeknown to him, contains themes of pedophilia, necrophilia and may end with his death.
Have you seen A Serbian Film and, if so, do you agree it’s one of the most controversial films ever made? Are you interested in seeing the Director’s Cut, or was experiencing it once enough? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!