Please note that the film has no English dialogue nor English subtitles!
Scenes shot in public spaces required a convincing cover story: “We told people it was a movie about a French guy drawn to the beauty of Georgian culture,” director Levan Akin laughs. “It all bolstered us. It made us feel the movie was very important. People in the west may have this complacent feeling: ‘Oh, that fight is over.’ But it’s not. In most places in the world, it is far from over. And in Georgia, it’s an extreme situation. On one hand, there is the Orthodox religious community that says the gays and the pedophiles are taking over – that’s also the narrative Russia is pushing. And then there are the kids coming up, fighting against that, some of whom are in my movie. The future of Georgia belongs to them, not to the old, bearded guys who try to beat them up. I wanted to make a film about how you can own and redefine your culture rather than leaving it to the bigots.”Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian