Arnaut, the child of Serbian parents and raised in Germany, comes to the small village of Rujišnik in central Serbia in search of a place to hide for a while. Charming but unscrupulous Vesna offers him a job as a cemetery caretaker in a small, remote Serbian village. But he is soon plagued by nightmarish visions and receives increasingly frequent visits from the mysterious elderly Baba Draga who leads him into darkness. The village priest seems to be the only one who tries to protect him from the villagers, who are up to no good.
“VAMPIR is inspired by the real vampire cases that occurred in Serbia in the early 1700s. Though our film is set in modern times, it’s based on those myths, superstition and folk elements. I wanted to show a more mysterious side of Serbia.
The film also serves as an allegory of an immigrant child who was raised abroad and comes back to his ancestral country where he is confronted with the local habits, traditions and ways of life which he finds hard to accept at first. […]
I would say most of my ideas come from nightmares and old paintings. That’s what I love about the horror genre – there is no limit to your imagination. The ‘intestinal crank’ that appears in the film, for example, was from an old Dutch painting: it was a medieval torture method. […] My intention was to create a certain atmosphere that puts you at unease right away, I wanted the film to feel claustrophobic, very Kafkaesque.”