At an award tonight Aug 27 it was announced that Levan Akin's acclaimed Cannes film And Then We Danced received the award for Best film at the third edition av the Baltic Sea festival Carl International Film Festival in Sweden. The film is awarded with a cash prize of SEK 25 000.
Swedish director Levan Akin's intense romantic drama And Then We Danced received the award for Best Baltic Sea Film. In the film we meet Merab who dances with the Georgian national company. When the charismatic Irakli joins the group, everything changes and Merab is thrown into an emotional storm of both strong desire and jealousy.. A film about dance, young passion and homophobia in Georgia. And Then We Danced had its world premiere at "Director's Fortnight" in Cannes earlier this year and was recently nominated for the European Film Awards.
The jury also awarded the festival's opening film Oleg by Juris Kursietis a "Special mention" with the motivation "A wonderful captivating story with nerve-wracking realism and a harsh and important reminder of all the people living in inhumane conditions in Europe." The film is about the stateless migrant worker Oleg falling into the hands of a Polish gangster. Oleg had his world premiere in Cannes and had its Nordic premiere during the Carl International Film Festival.
In total, five feature films focusing on strong narrative and cinematic language that go hand in hand with the festival's values of openness and freedom have competed in the Baltic Sea Competition. The jury of the competition was composed of Amanda Ooms (author, actress), Maria Domellöf-Wik (film critic, journalist) and Ingebjørg Torgersen (president WIFT Norway).
The Carl International Film Festival 2019 takes place August 23-28 in Karlskrona. Check out the full festival programme here.
Winner Baltic Sea Competition 2019
Best Baltic Sea Film
And Then We Danced
Director & script: Levan Akin
Producer: Mathilde Dedye
Director: Juris Kursietis
Script: Liga Celma-Kursiete, Juris Kursietis, Kaspars Odins
Producer: Aija Berzina, Alise Gelze