Well, you guys tell me: has A Serbian Film officially become the next Human Centipede around these parts or what? I endured it at SXSW after bearing witness to the most divisive word-of-mouth I’d ever heard, and I found it compelling in that feature-length dare kind of way. I don’t know if I’d have thought much of it had the filmmakers not been there to toss forth a sociopolitical defense for the film; I’m not even sure that I buy that argument. But as Prisco made clear, it is — at the very least — a film to be reckoned with.
…unless you’re the BBFC. Apparently, the British Board of Film Classification wouldn’t allow the film to be shown at last week’s Frightfest film festival without first cutting out nearly four minutes of graphic material. They claimed that the scenes went “beyond what is acceptable under current BBFC guidelines [for an 18-certificate].” If I understand correctly, that’s like our MPAA saying that they can’t even give a film an NC-17 unless it gets whittled down to something more tolerably intolerable.
I guess there’s something to be said for artistic integrity. Goodness knows that forbidding it will only drive England’s more perverted cineastes to download it somewhere. (As the commenters on Prisco’s review made apparent, it’s made its way out there for those willing to look.) Me? I just think it’s funny that the filmmakers and the censors have the same goal now — they’re both thinking about the children.