Artsploitation Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by Kino Lorber, will bring Serbian filmmaker Maja Miloš’ controversial arthouse film, Clip (banned in Russia; wouldn’t want to give their young people getting any ideas … ideas that they probably don’t already have), to the domestic market place on June 11.
The film has been working the international film festival circuit since early last year, piling up wins and gaining notoriety for its explicit tale of a generation of frustrated teens and their seemingly nihilistic approach to life.
Serbia, the streets of Belgrade, it is not exactly on anyone’s list of places to visit these days. The break-up of Yugoslavia and the long, long years of internecine wars that followed have left the country and its people to wander the back roads of European culture. Forgotten and out of the mainstream.
It is here that we are introduced to Jasna (Isidora Simijonovic), an attractive teen, who has launched into a cinéma vérité portrait of her life — using her cell phone — as a means of expression. Life at home is bleak — her father is sick (cancer?) and mom is 40-something, going on 80. There’s no future there; no hope.
School for Jasna is little more than an afterthought as the focus of her attentions these days is the party scene, her sexual awakening has taken over and a handsome classmate named Djole (Vukasin Jasnic) is her fantasy; her escape from a gloomy home life and the decay that surrounds her.There’s just one problem, he’s a user, she’s willing and the outcome for her cannot be good. She will end up like her mom, or a whore on the streets … or worse. She is simply disposable and writer/director Maja Miloš uses her as his metaphor for a society that has lost its way … Serbia, a land that is filled with equal parts beauty and despair.
Clip is presented in Serbian with English subtitles … bonus features include a newly-prepared video interview with Miloš and a 12-page collector’s booklet.
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