A Serbian Film Pulled from Film 4 FrightFest 2010


London's FrightFest film festival has decided to pull A Serbian Film from it's schedule after the BBFC and the Westminster council ruled it could not be shown in it's full uncut version.

The BBFC demanded 49 individual cuts which came to nearly 4 minutes of screen time, so FrightFest decided to pull the movie altogether. One scene the BBFC found highly disturbing was the baby rape scene.Director Srdjan Spasojevic justified the scene by saying:

"This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government. It’s about the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotise you to do things you don’t want to do. You have to feel the violence to know what it’s about."

FrightFest co-director Ian Jones said:

FrightFest has decided not to show A Serbian Film in a heavily cut version because, as a festival with a global integrity, we think a film of this nature should be shown in its entirety as per the director’s intention.”

I think this is unfair as A Serbian Film has been shown in it's original uncut version at other film festivals around the world, but shouldn't it be up to the viewer as to what they deem to be unsuitable viewing?

A Serbian Film was scheduled to be shown this Sunday August 29, 2010, and this is now the second film that has been pulled from FrightFest this year, the first being Gregg Araki's KABOOM.

Source: The Guardian

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