June 2, 2020

A film about the gay relationship between two dancers opens in Georgia despite protests

The film "And Then We Danced" by Swedish-Georgian filmmaker Levan Akin, on the homosexual relationship between two dancers, premiered this Friday in Tbilisi despite a massive protest by radical conservatives at the doors of the cinema to boycott the premiere.

"We will not allow the propaganda of perversion, we will thwart the premiere," threatened the leader of the nationalist movement "Georgian March", Alexandr Bregadze.

Several hundred of his followers tried to circumvent the police cords installed near the central cinema "Amirani" of the Georgian capital to access its interior.

As a result of the clashes, two protesters were arrested for altering public order.

The president of the Georgian Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, said that the citizens of the country have the right to protest but must do so "peacefully."

"With regard to cinema, Georgia guarantees the right to freedom of expression in art," he said.

In turn, one of the protagonists of the film, Leván Gelbajiani, told reporters that he is not surprised by the reaction of the radicals, but stressed that tickets to see the movie were sold out in all cinemas that plan to screen it during the next three days.

According to Pew Reaserch Center, Georgia is the second European country after Armenia – not counting Turkey – where gay marriage is most condemned: 94% of the population categorically rejects it.

"And Then We Danced", a co-production of the Georgian company Takes Film and the Swedish French Quarter Film, participated in the Cannes festival, will represent Georgia at the Oscars and has been acquired by 40 countries for screening, according to the producer from the movie Keti Danelia.

The film has already been awarded in 15 festivals, including the Chicago International Festival and the 64th Valladolid International Film Week (Seminci).

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