In 2010, director Srđan Spasojević shared A Serbian Film with the world, releasing his bloody, brutal vision to international revulsion - and, in some places, acclaim. Here's the trailer for the uninitiated.
Many movies claim to be the 'most controversial of all time' but A Serbian Film possibly holds the strongest. Check out 9 fascinating facts about this largely misunderstood masterpiece.
A Serbian Film required 19 minutes of cuts to attain an NC-17 rating in the US. This is a record number of minutes.
2. Poster Child
The iconic white poster shows Milos screaming, but you may not know that the red window is the shape of Serbia on the map. It depicts the modern Serbia after separating from Kosovo in 2008.
3. Bigger, Longer & Uncut
If you want to see the full, uncut version, don't be fooled by imitation versions: the full, uncut version of the movie is 104 minutes long, and can be purchased on Amazon.
4. Direct Approach
Director Srđan Spasojević views the film as brutal for the purposes of political critique, describing fiendish character Vukmir as:
"An exaggerated representation of the new European film order ... In Eastern Europe, you cannot get your film financed unless you have a barefoot girl who cries on the streets, or some story about war victims in our region ... the Western world has lost feelings, so they're searching for false ones, they want to buy feelings.''
5. Critical Hit
There are many, many negative reviews of A Serbian Film — as is only to be expected of a film that portrays a full-grown man raping a baby — but there aren't many that criticize the movie in any depth beyond 'OMG that's gross.' In the interests of fairness, here's a really interesting take on the movie from Serbian director Dragan Bjelogrlić:
"Shallow and plain wrong — sum up my feelings about this movie. I have a problem with A Serbian Film. Its director in particular. I've got a serious problem with the boy whose father got wealthy during the 1990s — nothing against making money, but I know how money was made in Serbia during the 1990s — and then pays for his son's education abroad and eventually the kid comes back to Serbia to film his view of the country using his dad's money and even calls the whole thing A Serbian Film. To me that's a metaphor for something unacceptable.
The second generation comes back to the country and using the money that was robbed from the people of Serbia, smears the very same people by portraying them as the worst scum of the earth. You know, when the first generation of the Rockefellers finished robbing America, the second one built museums, galleries, charitable organizations, and financed America. But in Serbia we're seeing every segment of society continually being taken apart and for me this movie is a paradigm of that. I've never met this kid and I really don't want to since that meeting wouldn't be pleasant at all."
6. Baby Love
Don't worry: the 'baby' used in the infamous 'Newborn Porn' scene was a baby doll.
7. Quick Shooter
The entire movie was filmed in Belgrade, Serbia, in only 61 days.
In the last 16 years, only three movies have been banned in the historically accepting and cultured nation of Norway: Ichi the Killer, Grotesque and A Serbian Film. Still, they weren't the only country to ban the latter: A Serbian Film was banned in 46 countries.
9. Captain Hindsight
Director Srđan Spasojević only has one regret about A Serbian Film:
''I wish I had made it harder. More extreme.''