June 11, 2013
PURCHASE DIRECT FROM ARTSPLOITATION
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RETAILERS
WATCH ON DEMAND
- FORMAT: DVD
- SKU: ART6
- UPC: 854555004071
- ISBN: 9781939196071
- NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
- COUNTRY: Serbia
- RATING: Not rated
- YEAR: 2012
- LENGTH: 100 Minutes (Feature), 25 Minutes (Bonus material)
- AUDIO: Serbian with English subtitles, 5.1 Surround Sound
- ASPECT RATIO: 2.10:1
- COLOR: Color
- BONUS MATERIAL: Interview with director Maja Milos, Reversible cover art, Trailer, 12-page collector’s booklet
- Winner, 2012 Rotterdam Film Festival:Tiger Award: Best Film
- Winner: 2012 Transilvania International Film Festival: Best Directing
- Winner, Brussels European Film Festival: White Iris Award
- Winner, 23nd Ljubljana International Film Festival (Kingfisher Award)
- Toronto International Film Festival
- 2012 Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema
- 2012 Chicago International Film Festival
- 2012 AFI Fest
A rebellious teenager’s relentless exploration of her newfound sexuality is this theme to this bold and very explicit drama. Fourteen-year-old Jasna (the mesmerizing Isidora Simojonivic) lives in a dreary Belgrade suburb with her critically ill father and a nagging mother, so she flees with her gang of friends into a world of drug and alcohol-filled parties, always recording the debauchery in clips on her cell phone. She seeks comfort through her thuggish boyfriend, but he treats her as nothing more than a roughed-up sexual plaything, and as her loneliness mounts, Jasna finds herself unable to control her desires…or her life. Winner of the Tiger Award for Best Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the film has generated controversy all over the world (and has been banned in Russia) for its raw, graphic sexuality among the teenage cast. Like a Serbian take on Larry Clark’s Kids, Clip is courageous, uncompromising filmmaking and marks an extraordinary debut for its gifted writer-director Maja Milos.
Director: Maja Miloš
Running time: 101 minutes
Language: Serbian with English subtitles
Screenwriter: Maja Miloš
Cast: Isidora Simijonovic, Vukašin Jasni, Sanja Mikitišin, Jovo Maksic, Monja Savic, Katarina Pešic, Sonja Janicic, Jovana Stojiljkovic, Vladimir Gvojic, Nikola Dragutinovic
Producer: Jelena Mitrovic
Cinematography: Vladimir Simic
Editors: Stevan Filipović
Music: Ognjen Popić, Zoran Maksimović
“I did not invent turbo folk. I simply named it,” proclaims Rambo Amadeus – the Belgrade, Serbia jazz-rock and avant-garde composer often cited as the father of the genre — in his 2005 song called “Turbo Folk.” When thinking about this statement, we actually find ourselves in the middle of an intensive debate in the Balkans. Was the turbo folk phenomena consciously created, promoted, and exploited by the regime of Slobodan Milošević (in other words, by the cultural and financial elites close to him), in order to establish an escapist soundtrack to cover the wars and robberies of the 1990s? Or was it simply a free expression of the cultural desires of the masses that could finally have their moment of pathos, after the state-controlled culture fell apart with Eastern European socialism in 1989? [Read the entire article here!]
“One of the most unflinching and controversial portraits of teenage lust, longing, anguish, and rebellion ever captured on camera.“ – Movie Maker Magazine
“Astonishing…Maja Milos’ debut feature, depicting the hypersexualized nihilism of Serbian teens…[is] certain to generate a hurricane of controversy.” – Variety
“An explosively energetic tale of dysfunctional love and explicit sex among the post-Facebook generation…imagine Larry Clark’s Kids directed by Emir Kusturica. – The Hollywood Reporter
“Combining fast, explicit imagery with an atmosphere of dreamy melancholy, Maja’s upcoming film is sure to raise some eyebrows in Balkan and European cinema alike.” – BTurn
“Sex, Drugs and Videotapes. A different kind of Serbian Film.” – Chorus & Echo
The scariest place on earth could be the mind of a youth. Today’s world isn’t as innocent and hands off as it once was. The rise of social media has added a layer of pressure and expectation on teenagers that few could have imagined twenty years ago. While films try and capture lightning in a bottle by portraying teenage antics in film, very few directors are able to pull off this feat with honesty. Larry Clark did it with Kids. Todd Solondz nailed the burden of middle school with Welcome to the Dollhouse. There are a few additional examples out there, but Clip may have them all beat. There is a timeless aspect to many movies, but writer/director Maja Miloš puts 14 year old Jasna (Isidora Simijonovic) right in the middle of today’s cell phone toting, Facebook updating, record anything and everything world of teenage behavior. On the surface, Jasna’s Serbian setting may seem a bit specific. It could be easy to dismiss her geographic location as ‘something that could never happen in America,’ but is that really true? Jasna is continually trying to impress her boyfriend Djordje (Vukašin Jasnic) even though he spends half of his time as a thug and the other half sexually exploiting her. She lashes out at her mother and seems to have no sympathy for her father whose illness has him knocking on death’s door. Jasna fills her time alone by posing and recording herself in provocative poses wearing next to nothing so she can share the media with her friends. To make matters worse, Jasna and her gal pals wash all of this down with nightly drug and alcohol infused clubbing. Does this still sound like a Serbian specific situation? Not so much. [Read the entire article here!]
Clip Banned in Russia!
By Sydney Levine of www.indiewire.com – August 26, 2012
Clip, a Serbian arthouse movie that swept a prestigious European festival this year was banned from screening in Russia by the Culture Ministry, prompting allegations of censorship. Banned over indecent language and scenes of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as “pornographic” depictions of sex between minors, the decision spells a new era for the Culture Ministry, headed since May by Vladimir Medinsky, a conservative-minded PR specialist with a controversial reputation. The ban was signed by Deputy Culture Minister Ivan Demidov, known for his radical Orthodox Christian views, Sam Klebanov, the prospective Russian distributor of Maywin, said.
“This is the first case of such censoring, and an attempt to introduce moral censorship in the country,” he said, adding that explicit arthouse fare never had any screening problems in Russia.
Neither Demidov nor Medinsky commented on the censorship allegations as of Saturday.
Clip, directed by Maja Milos, tells the story of a provincial teenager experimenting with drugs and sex in order to forget her near-dysfunctional family.
In January, the film split the main prize of the International Film Festival Rotterdam with two other movies. The jury touted it for an uncompromising and honest insight into the life of the “mobile generation”.
The film was set to premiere in Russia on August 30. Klebanov said the release is postponed, but not canceled because his company intends to sue.
The risk of not obtaining screening permits in Russia was previously limited almost exclusively to pornographic films with obscene titles. On important exception was Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat (2006), a scathing satire of Kazakhstan and the United States, denied the screening permit in what critics said was Moscow’s gesture of solidarity with official Astana, which was outraged by the mockumentary.
Wide and Eye on Film will show the film inToronto along with others (see below).
Russian Ministry of Culture accused the Rotterdam winning film of being child pornography.
The team behind award winning Serbian feature Clip have reacted with dismay to the news last week that the film has been banned inRussia.
A representative of the Russian Ministry of Culture publicly accused Clip of being child pornography, violating both Russian and international law.
Maja Milos’s movie, a Tiger award winner in Rotterdam earlier this year and now due to screen in Toronto and San Sebastian, had already provoked controversy because of its graphic depiction of teenage sex. However, director Milos has made it clear that she used body doubles and prostheses. Critics and festival programmers have applauded the film, which has sold briskly since its Rotterdam debut.
The film’s sales agent, Paris-based WIDE Management, issued a release containing the letter from the Ministry of Culture to the film’s Russian distributor, Maywin.
“The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation has considered an application by LLC “Cinema Without Frontiers” for a distribution certificate for the motion picture Clip by the Serbian director Maja Milos and notifies you as follows: The film contains the scenes of swearing, drug use and alcohol consumption as well as scenes of a pornographic nature. According to the storyline these scenes feature underage teenagers and thus violate the norms established by the Federal Law ofDecember 29,2010№ 436-FZ on “The Protection of children from information which is harmful to their health and development.”
Clip’s producers, Belgrade-based Baš Čelik Production House, refute angrily the charge that the movie is in any way pornographic.
“The intention of the authors, scriptwriters, their cooperatives including producers as well as of the actors and their families’ intention was to make a film conveying a strong message about the severe problems of modern youth generations, even beyond borders of ‘transitional countries’ including Serbia,” the producers declared in a statement. “The one and only purpose of certain scenes in the film is NOT to “propagate” any kind of pornography but ON THE CONTRARY – to STRONGLY OUTLINEAND CRITICIZE violent and deviant influence of modern ‘commercialculture’ of a society affected by crisis.”
The producers also pointed out that the film has not encountered censorship problems elsewhere and has already won multiple awards on the Festival circuit.
Clip has already been sold to the US (Artsploitation), France (KMBO), Japan (Fine Film), South Korea (Thanks and Love), Sweden (Njuta), Poland (Tongariro), Republic Czech, Slovakia (Artcam) and Bulgaria (M.A Media).
Director Milos has now issued her own statement. “The problems that young people in Eastern Europe are growing up with are severe,” she declared last week. “They are surrounded by great social turbulence and violence, and Clip is a film that is very honestly speaking about that. I’m sure that not showing the reality won’t protect any young person because the grave problems are still all around them. Clip is a film that raises questions and can provoke discussions on what can we do to understand and help today’s youth.”
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Maja Miloš was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1983 and graduated in Film Directing at the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2008. She directed 11 short films during her studies, including Interval (2003) and Si Tu Timazin (2004). In 2005, she took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and in 2006 she attended the Documentary Film School in Paris. Clip is her first feature-length film.
Regarding Clip: I’m interested in making films in which the social aspect is very important. I want to tell stories about people who live in a society that haves a lot of problems and on which way those problems determinate their lives. – Maja Miloš