Like it or hate it, Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film is just a movie. It’s not real, just like the murder in Cannibal Holocaust. Still, weak-minded individuals will always waste negative energy fighting things they personally don’t approve of, which is why Sitges festival director Angel Sala was charged with “exhibition of child pornography” last March.
Late last night the festival sent out a notice announcing that Sala was exonerated of all ridiculous charges:
“The direction team of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia would like to express its satisfaction for the dismissal of the case against Festival Director Angel Sala, for screening ‘A Serbian Film’ in 2010’s edition.
We would like to thank all the signs of support from every corner of the world during the past few months, and in particular the trust shown by the public institutions involved in the Festival (the Government of Catalonia, Sitges Town Hall, Spain’s Ministry of Culture), as well as all Festival Foundation board members, sponsors, and collaborators that make the festival possible. We would also like to extend this gratitude to our lawyers and the legal assistance team in charge of the case.
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia takes on the events that have taken place with a positive spirit. Due to this entire situation and its outcome, its direction team is committed to continuing the debate that has emerged around the limits of film and freedom of expression in a responsible manner. We understand that this issue has been an experience that will allow us to produce the next editions of the Festival in an even more successful way.”
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