March 20, 2010

SXSW '10 PODCAST: Serbian Film (Aleksandar Radivojevic)

Serbian Film

During the introduction to SXSW's world premiere of Serbian Film (a/k/a Srpski Film)—quite easily the sickest, most depraved film I've ever had the pleasure (okay, that's grossly inaccurate, but it also wasn't entirely a displeasure) to see on a big screen—Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League suggested a piece of cinema this extreme demanded the most extreme tequila shot ever consumed. League, myself and four others got on stage, snorted a line of salt (the agony!), slammed a shot, then squeezed a fresh lime into our eyeballs (the horror!), quite easily the dumbest bet I've agreed to since my twenties. From the official SXSW synopsis:

Milosh, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. She introduces Milosh to Vukmir—mysterious, menacing and a politically powerful figure in the pornographic business. A leading role in Vukmir's new production will provide financial support to Milosh and his family for the rest of their lives. From then on, Milosh is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he's put into, and save his family's life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything—his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.

Literally minutes before director Srdjan Spasojevic and his team had to leave for the Austin airport to catch a flight back to Belgrade, screenwriter Aleksandar Radivojevic (the only member of the filmmaking team who spoke English well) sat down with me to talk about their "allegory," why it's more like a Caravaggio painting than an exploitation flick, the bizarre tale of trying to get their print developed, and the most ferocious film he's ever seen.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (12:54)
[WARNING: Explicit language and content!]

Podcast Music
INTRO: Rammstein vs. Zanfria: "Serbia"
OUTRO: Amps for Christ: "Serbia"

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Posted by ahillis at March 20, 2010 2:45 PM