This will certainly rub some people the wrong way and clearly already has. According to The Guardian, Westminster council gave a thumbs down to A Serbian Film deeming its violent sexual imagery unacceptable. Director Srdjan Spasojevic isn't pleased not only because he calls the material in question justified, but because the ruling means his film won't be shown during London's FrightFest film festival on Sunday as planned.

A Serbian Film is about Milos, a retired porn star who's lured back into the industry out of desperation to support his wife and son. What begins as a standard day on the job turns into a twisted version of the industry Milos once knew when children are thrown into the equation. But that's not even the worst of it. All you've got to do is head over to the film's Wikipedia page to get a spoiler-packed taste of the British Board of Film Classification's issue with the production.

However, the director claims a scene involving "newborn porn," in which a newborn baby is raped, is entirely defensible. "This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government," he explained. "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." That defense apparently doesn't quite do it for the BBFC because the council is demanding 49 individual cuts are made to the film, which will result in the loss of four minutes of footage. A council rep said, "The board recognises that the images are intended to shock, but the sexual and sexualised violence goes beyond what is acceptable under current BBFC guidelines [for an 18-certificate]."
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