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Festival programmer under fire for screening A SERBIAN FILM, accused of exhibiting child pornography

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
March 7th, 2011

As SXSW draws ever nearer - trust me, I'm counting down the days - we're still hearing news from one of last year's biggest and most controversial films. There is a special section of the SXSW Film Festival reserved for genre films and movies that might be considered too intense or graphic for general audiences - it's called SXFantastic and it's one of my favorite programs of the festival.

Last year, the festival was buzzing with excitement and rumors about one film in particular called A SERBIAN FILM; since then, it's been touted as the most extreme of the extreme - the most graphic film many audiences have had the pleasure of viewing. As the film continues to tour the festival circuit, there has been talk of a pending lawsuit concerning some of the graphic scenes in the movie.

Unfortunately, A SERBIAN FILM was one of the few films from SXSW I never got a chance to see. To this day, I haven't found an easy way of watching the film. That being said, I've heard a great deal about it and can assume the natural progression of the film leads to some fairly graphic results.

Apparently, the Stiges Festival offered a screening of A SERBIAN FILM as part of their line-up. As a result, a public prosecutor of Barcelona has filed suit against the festival programmer for bringing such a film to the festival; their primary complain lies with the allegation that the film portrays child pornography and molestation.

The outcome of this lawsuit will have little effect on those of us who watch our films on American soil, but since cinema is a cosmopolitan form of art, it's always important to keep up to date on what's happening in the world of movies across the world. I can only hope that our Spanish friends across the Atlantic will still have the opportunity to watch whatever they want, even if these Barcelona prosecutors don't approve.

Source Variety

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