And Then We Danced (2019): Sweden’s Official Entry for International Film Oscar (LGBTQ)

Ultra-conservative groups in Georgia are planning to protest screenings of the country’s first LGBTQ film, And Then We Danced, a coming-of-age tale about a traditional Georgian dancer discovering his sexuality.

Written and directed by Levan Akin, a Swedish filmmaker with family ties to Georgia, the film was recently chosen as Sweden’s official Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film.

The film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and has been a hit with audiences in its native Sweden. But the queer coming-of-age tale faces a very different reception in its other home country.

And Then We Danced will premiere in Tblisi, where it was filmed, on November 8. While a representative for the film reports that all 5,000 tickets sold out in 13 minutes, even crashing movie theater websites, the Georgian church and other conservative groups are opposed to the progressive film.

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