Just hours before it was scheduled to screen at San Sebastian’s Fantasy and Terror Film Week Srdjan Spasojevic’s A SERBIAN FILM was removed from the program following a temporary injunction by a San Sebastian judge last week.
The film played to stunned audiences here in Austin in March, during its world premiere as a part of the SX Fantastic Fest @ Midnight line-up.
One of the most outspoken groups to challenge the film in Spain has been the Catholic Confederation of Family and Student Parents. The organization began their petition against the film shortly after a screening at Sitges Fantasy Fest in October. As a result of the injunction, festivals in Molins de Rei and Malaga have also pulled the film from their rosters.
Despite A SERBIAN FILM’s rather unambiguous raison d’être – a staggering intent to provoke – over the course of the last year, the film has screened at a variety of festivals worldwide without facing many legal challenges to its public exhibition.
Outside of Spain, the only obstacle the film has faced was a bout of censorship in the UK when the British Board of Film Classification required some of the most graphic scenes to be trimmed before the film can be released theatrically.
It remains to be seen whether the San Sebastian injunction will be instated as a permanent ban on the film.