by Boris Petkovič

LGBT_SLO_1984, 2022, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), c + bw, 87 min

It began in 1984 and it still goes on today. 35 years of the LGBT movement in Slovenia through the prism of activism and culture. We begin with the Magnus Gay Culture Festival, which was organised in 1984 in ŠKUC in Ljubljana and which included the LGBT Film Festival—the first LGBT film festival in Europe. In the same year, the so-called “Magnus Section” — the first organised gay movement in the former Yugoslavia and probably in Eastern Europe as well — was established in the context of the ŠKUC-Forum, which brought together various alternative and civil social movements of that time. The first years were characterised by club events (the only of their kind in the former Yugoslavia) and the organisation of events and festivals. The Slovenian LGBT movement became the most progressive movement of that time and is still active today in different forms and organisations.

Boris Petkovič
Boris Petkovič
Mirella Habr, Boris Petkovič, Borut Atlagič, Tanja Prinčič
Tom Gomizelj
lead animator
Nuka Horvat
director of photography
Lea Aymard
music composer
Aldo Ivančič
film editors
Boris Petkovič, Kristian Božak Kavčič
sound designers
Julij Zornik, Peter Žerovnik
Dušan Mandić, Neven Korda Andrič, Milan Šelj, Zemira Alajbegović Pečovnik, Dario Sereval, Kurt Krickler, Nataša Sukič, Suzana Tratnik, Brane Mozetič, Nataša Velikonja, Nina Dragičević, Jasna Klančišar, Christa Žentiily, Mitja Blažič, Tatjana Greif, Miha Lobnik, Andrej Brumen Čop, Aprilija Lužar, Irena Woelle, Roman Kuhar, Irena Duša Draž, Petra Hrovatin, Simona Jerala, Christian Reinhardt, Linn Julian Koletnik, Evan Grm, Jernej Škof
Zavod Kineki
Katapult, RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre, RTV Slovenija
Zavod Kineki

Boris Petkovič

Boris Petkovič

Boris Petkovič (1971) graduated from film direction at the Paris film school EICAR, where he also taught for the following three years. In 2008, he came to Ljubljana where he works as a freelance film director. Petkovič’s filmography from 2010 includes four features: LGBT_SLO_1984 (2022, documentary), the national box-office hit Let Him Be a Basketball Player (2017, fiction), Balkan Whispers (2017, documentary), The Beat of Love (2015, fiction).

““During the entire creative process, it was very important to me that the film is not reduced to a political pamphlet of the movement itself, but that it is placed within the wider social context. I was interested in two aspects: how the Slovenian LGBT movement developed under various types of pressure from various parts of society and how the activism and culture of the LGBT movement influenced the development of the LGBT community and the wider social sphere.””

Merlinka Festival, 2022

Award best film (Pornfilmfestival Berlin, 2023)