As a fan of cinema in general and international films in particular I like to think I’m open to movies from every corner of our corner-less globe. That said, there are plenty of countries from which I’ve yet to see a single movie. More often than not that’s due to either circumstance or availability, but to be honest there are some times I just don’t make the effort based on predisposed opinions about the country or region in question. One such example is pretty much the whole of Eastern Europe. In my head, countries like Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and others exist in a state of constant gray and lack the slightest shades of color, the smallest feelings of warmth, and the barest glimmers of hope. This is probably a stereotype and I’m a bad American, but hey, some of my best friends are Slovenian.
Which is a long-winded way of introducing this NSFW trailer for a new film from Serbia.
Serbian Film (a title meant to be both illuminating and confusing) is colorful enough but does appear to be devoid of warmth and hope. Instead it’s filled with brutal violence, explicit sex,and a degree of bleakness and nihilism not seen since the days of High School Musical. As dark and vile as it looks at times though there’s no denying it also looks to be professionally made and maybe even a little bit stylish. Quiet Earth has a more detailed synopsis, but the abbreviated version comes down to this… a retired porn star named Milosh is lured back into the business by Nacho Vigalondo’s taller brother who it turns out is interested in making more than just a simple porno. He wants to create the ultimate snuff film, and he wants Milosh to star.
Check out the NSFW trailer here.
So what do you think? Boogie Nights meets Hostel? 8MM meets The Brothers Bloom? None of the above? Color me cautiously interested and mark this as a movie I will most assuredly seek out… and those of you attending this year’s SXSW film festival can do the same. Serbian Film has been announced as one of the fest’s Midnight movies.
What do you think of the trailer? Does it make you want to visit Serbia?