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Serbian Gay Pride Comedy Nabs Audience Award at Berlin Film Fest

The runaway gay-themed Serbian dark comedy hit The Parade picked up the audience award for best film in the esteemed Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday.

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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  • hudson

    can’t wait for it to come to Vancouver. Presumably with subtitles!

  • Tiger

    Wow. It sounds amazing.

  • Doot

    I watched it in Belgrade.

    Fantastic movie.

    Only in Serbia – a movie about gay Serbs hiring Serbian (homophobic) thugs to find Croatian, Albanian and Bosniak thugs to protect Serbian gays. it works. Though the movie perpetuates stereotypes (that’s the whole set-up of the film), it reaches and sends a message of tolerance and acceptance to an audience that wouldn’t otherwise be receptive to it.

  • Zack

    This movie must be hillarious. Just watched the trailer, yeah I speak Serbian, looks awesome. I look forward to seeing it.

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