A homophobic, middle-aged Serbian gangster ends up sacrificing himself to protect gay freedom in his country. Radmilo (35) and Mirko (30) are a young and successful gay couple, and they would be a happy couple anywhere else − except in Serbia. They try to live discreetly but still, every day, they are abused by the homophobic majority. Plus, Mirko is a gay rights activist, and his dream is to organise the first successful PRIDE event in Belgrade. This is almost a “mission impossible” − a 2001 attempt to hold PRIDE in Belgrade ended up in bloodshed. One decade later the situation is not much better − nationalist and neo-Nazi organisations prepare another massacre in case of holding the gay parade, while the police refuse to provide protection for the participants. A strange couple arrives in Radmilo’s and Mirko’s life − Lemon (45), an excriminal and war veteran, the owner of a small security company, and his fiancé Pearl (30), the owner of a beauty parlour.

Director's Statement

In the late 1970s, a small park just below the Moscow Hotel in Belgrade’s downtown centre was the gathering place for some twenty of us, punk rock fans. The same park was the gathering place for homosexuals, too. Not far from us, these neatly dressed family men with an impeccable socialist biography were looking for partners. Besides sharing the same location, we had just one more thing in common − both groups were repeatedly bashing targets for healthy-looking, and “healthy”-thinking young men. They couldn’t stand the sight of us, with our safety pins, dyed hair and ragged clothes, as well as the other group, with their different sexual orientation. Over the following decades, Belgrade has seen much “weirder” looks than our childish image that was just a mere revolt against the socialist life. No one gets bashed anymore because of the clothes they wear or the music they listen to. But even today, these “healthy”-looking young men go to parks and beat up men and women of a different sexual orientation. After the fall of the Milošević regime, we thought that sexual minorities would finally gain their rights and dignity. In 2001, there was even an attempt for the first PRIDE Parade in the history of Serbia. The attempt ended in bloodshed − some thirty gay activists were brutally beaten up by football hooligans and neo-Nazis while the police just stood by doing nothing to stop this massacre. Images of this savage beating circled the globe and shattered the hope for the young Serbian democracy, and the European Union revoked 50 million Euros of financial help for Serbia.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Srđjan Dragojević

Written by: Srđjan Dragojević

Produced by: Biljana Prvanović

Cinematography: Dušan Joksimović

Editing: Petar Marković

Original Score: Igor Perović

Cast: Miloš Samolov (Radmilo), Goran Jevtić (Mirko), Hristina Popović (Pearl), Goran Navojec (Roko), Nikola Kojo (Lemon)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2012