Kinoteka and Kinodvor are the places for discerning cinephiles in Ljubljana, where you can find folk who know their auteur from their mise-en-scène, their Louise Brooks from Brooke Shields, and Paul Thomas Anderson from Paul WS Anderson. The two places are perfect complements, to each other and the multiplexes out at BTC, together covering the whole range of cinematic arts.
While Kinodvor keeps up with recent releases in terms of art movies and world cinema, Kinoteka delves deep into the back catalogue to present retrospectives and binge watching opportunities for fans of, say, Polish cinema, experimental shorts, Ingmar Bergman or Agnès Varda.
But you came here for the sex, not the art, and to learn more about the annual event when Kinodvor marks Valentine’s Day and takes up the spirit of Kino Sloga, or “the cinema that saw too much” ("Kino, ki je preveč videl") in the title of a documentary about the theatre that specialised in erotic movies in the last decade of Yugoslavia.
This year the adventurous can enjoy a varied programme on Friday, February 15th, that ranges from stag films to Oshima’s infamous In the Realm of the Senses (Ai No Corrida), starting at 19:00, although non-Japanese speakers should note that the subtitles will be in Slovene. Also on the bill are Sylvester Stallone’s early appearance in a sex movie (21:30), and an Italian language documentary about Valentina Nappi (23:15), who the Internet tells me is a pornstar. At the end of the evening there’ll be music from DJ Links. Relatively tame trailers for all three features can be seen below.
The Party at Kitty and Stud's, aka The Italian Stallion (per IMDB “Kitty and Stud are lovers. They enjoy a robust sex-life, which includes fellatio and light S&M, specifically, Stud belt-whipping Kitty. Three women come over for a party and Stud services them, one after the other.”)
As is often the case with such movies, IMDB’s Parents Guide is a fine summary of what emotions to expect, and whether you choose to experience them, as seen in this list of potential issues with Ai No Corrida
“I don't have any role models. I would like to do porn just as Maradona played soccer.” Valentina Nappi
Tickets for a single screening are €5.30 ( € 4.50 for members of the Kinodvor Club, those of over 60, students, students and the unemployed), and there’s also a "hardcore fan" package for all three shows: €13 (€10 for Kinodvor Club members), although note the number of these is strictly limited to 69.
You can learn more at the official page here, while Kinodvor can be found at Kolodvorska ulica 13, 1000 Ljubljana.