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A Serbian Film To Open 2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 15, 2011

Movie poster featuring two distraught Serbian men

Melbourne Underground Film Festival director Richard Wolstencroft has announced on Facebook that filmmaker Srdjan Spasojevic’s controversial A Serbian Film will be opening the 12th annual MUFF. No dates for the fest have been set yet, but it should run sometime in late August.

This is a bold move for the fest especially in light of last year’s secret screening of Bruce LaBruce’s L.A. Zombie, which landed Wolstencroft in hot water with authorities and sent him to court. Australia has a low tolerance for mature-themed films. (Ridiculously low in this writer’s opinion.)

Luckily, in this case though, A Serbian Film has already been through the Australian censorship process. As Wolstencroft told Australian newspaper The Age recently, “I’m very reticent to play another banned film. I’m going to have to behave myself for a while and just play films the censors say I can.”

Wolstencroft has also announced the theme of this year’s festival: Destroy All Movies!

(Note: A Serbian Film did screen at last year’s Arizona Underground Film Festival.)

Watch the trailer for A Serbian Film:

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