The film, written and directed by Srdjan Dragojevic, follows the wacky exploits of two unlikely comrades, a gay veterinarian and a shady homophobic Balkan war veteran, as they traverse the many lands of what was once Yugoslavia in their quest to collect the perfect protection squad for a gay pride march in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.
The flick has already been a huge mainstream hit in the Balkan region, and one of Serbia’s highest-ever grossing movies — no mean feat in a country where homophobia is still rampant.
Both of Belgrade’s only real-life LGBT pride marches, in 2001 and 2010, were wracked by violence from ultra-nationalists and other anti-gay protestors. City officials banned the 2011 gay parade.
Yet by shamelessly playing on regional stereotypes across the board, Dragojevic has created a black comedy with a powerful overriding theme of tolerance.
“I made a film for homophobes with a funny, but clear, message,” he told German news mag Der Spiegel last week.
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