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"The Parade," a black comedy made by a Serbian director, has been the biggest box office hit in the former Yugoslavia in years, even as it challenges both the region’s ethnic divide and its deeply rooted homophobia.

The movie has drawn more than half a million people since its release in October. It has been equally acclaimed in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia — something no local film has managed since the 1990s wars between the ex-Yugoslav republics.

"The whole region is united for the first time in liking this film," director Srdjan Dragojevic said in an interview.

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