Controversy looks set to reign at this year’s Raindance film festival after organisers announced they will screen a number of highly contentious films over the event’s 11-day run, which begins later this month.
Among the features that will show at the festival are first-time director Srdjan Spasojevic’s horror picture A Serbian Film, which has been noted for scenes involving paedophilia, necrophilia, rape and incest and was pulled from last month’s FrightFest.
Raindance appears to have found a way around the ban by billing the screening as a private event.
Meanwhile, Bruce La Bruce’s LA Zombie, dubbed the world’s first gay zombie porno, will also make an appearance. It made the news for being being banned in censorial Australia before it could be shown at the Melbourne international film festival. It has already screened at Locarno and Toronto.
Less contentious but with equally difficult subject matter is Five Daughters, a British film about the last weeks of the five women murdered in Ipswich in 2006.
Raindance’s founder and director, Elliot Grove, said the festival had a duty to screen films it believed in, and which deserved to be seen by the general public: It’s important to understand that these films weren’t programmed because people have dubbed them as ‘controversial’, he said. In many cases we’ve been following these films throughout the year, and before anybody even mentioned them as causing any supposed offence. We feel audiences have the right to pass their own judgement, and people know exactly what they are seeing.
For the second year in succession, Raindance will take place at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus. It runs from 29 September to 10 October.
Meanwhile the Sun has fun with the ‘vile’ A Serbian Film
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A sick film which features graphic scenes of necrophilia, paedophilia and even the rape of a baby seconds after its birth, is to be screened at a London festival.
The movie, called A Serbian Film, has caused outrage with harrowing scenes involving the brutal rape of children and the murder of helpless women whose bodies are then violated. Many reviews have condemned the movie with one horror site writer comparing watching the movie to having (his) soul raped.
The BBFC demanded 49 cuts to the movie before it could be screened here. But organisers of the Raindance Festival have scheduled a private screening of the vile movie.
Screenwriter and director SRDJAN SPASOJEVIC attempted to defend the movie as an allegory for the horrific war crimes in his country’s recent history: This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government… It’s about the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotise you to do things you don’t want to do. You have to feel the violence to know what it’s about.