We're back with the second half of our discussion with the filmmakers who brought A Serbian Film to this year's SXSW Film Festival. You can brush up on the first part here. As I said before, I had the opportunity to speak at length with screenwriter Aleksandar Radivojevic and first-time feature director Srdjan Spasojevic about the impact their film had at the festival, and continues to have on Twitter, and in comment sections and message boards all over the Internet. I didn't catch all of it the recorder but they did warn me ahead of time that they had been drinking. I say that only to explain the picture, as their thoughts were all quite lucid. These guys simply loved movies and knew how to have a good time.
Here's what they had to say:
Horror Squad: So what do you hope that audiences will take away after seeing your film? Both Western audiences and then at home in Serbia, I have to assume it's a different situation ...
Aleksandar Radivojevic: We are absolutely excited about the reaction of the people here. The people here have reacted in the exact right way. Because we wanted to make it a visceral experience. We wanted a kick in the gut, we wanted that. We wanted to make such an effect, people as viewers have become very desensitized. They need to be shaken. Art in general has to have more impact, has to have more real impact and ideas behind it. It has to kick you in the gut. These days you cannot just tap somebody on the back in order to get him to listen, you have to hit them with a mallet. It's a way of getting someone's attention and the possibility to communicate all the things that we want to communicate to people.