There were clashes between hundreds of far-right protesters and policemen who protested against the film on a gala night in Tbilisi, the capital “And then we danced”, which talks about the love of two ballet dancers in Georgia.
On Saturday, police said 25 people were arrested as a result of the clashes. According to reports, a young woman and two police officers who watched the movie were injured.
Protesters who burned the rainbow flag of LGBTI people in front of the cinema threw smoke bombs and cartridges at the entrance of the hall when they blocked the streets of the cinema.
Tina Yukhutashvili, 22, told Reuters: “It’s not normal for me to need police protection to go to the movies.”
“And then we dance,” a joint production of Georgia and Sweden, was shown at many festivals, even in Cannes.
The film, which is much appreciated by critics and film screenings at festivals, is officially nominated for an Oscar in Sweden.
As for the movie “This is my love letter to Georgia,” the first movie tickets in Georgia sold out a few days ago.
Akin said it was “absurd” for people who wanted to see a movie have a chance in relation to the protests. In a statement after the protests, he said: “Appreciate all the brave people who watch the movie.”
The movie, which was released in several halls in Georgia, sold out a few days ago.
However, the Orthodox Church and far-right groups in the country made statements condemning the film on the grounds that the film “offends their beliefs and values” and announced that they would organize protests.
In some rooms, it was noted that church officials prayed at the entrance.
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