The director hit out at anti-gay protesters in Georgia for planning to stop people from entering screenings of Sweden’s official Oscar submission. Set in Georgia, And Then We Danced – Sweden’s official Oscar submission in the best international feature film category – is a love story about two male dancers in Georgia’s national ballet company. The film is scheduled to premiere in the capital Tbilisi on Friday evening. The drama has won worldwide critical acclaim but was denounced by the Caucasus country’s influential Orthodox Church as an “affront to the traditional Georgian values”. “Some far-right groups and the Church have basically condemned the film and are planning to stop people from entering the sold-out screenings,” the film’s director Levan Akin, a Swede with Georgian roots, wrote on his Facebook page. “(T)hese are the dark time we live in,” he wrote, adding that it is important to “stand up against these shadowy forces in any way we can”. Earlier this week, Sandro Bregadze, former junior minister in the ruling Georgian Dream party’s government, said his nationalist Georgian March group will not allow the film to be screened in Tbilisi, calling it a “propaganda of sodomy”.
Far-right groups threaten to disrupt premiere of Swedish-Georgian movie
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