Oscars: Sweden Selects 'And Then We Danced' for International Feature Film Category

AND THEN WE DANCED Still 2 -Directors’ Fortnight selection- Publicity-H 2019
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Levan Akin's gay ballet romance tale has been picking up awards on the festival circuit since its Directors' Fortnight premiere in Cannes.

Sweden has submitted Levan Akin's gay ballet drama And Then We Danced for best international feature category in the 92nd Academy Awards.

The film, which premiered in May during Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, is set in the homophobic world of Georgian ballet dancing, where a dancer falls in love with his key rival in the dance company.

Levan Gelbakhiani most recently took home best actor honors at the Sarajevo Film Festival for his lead role, and the film — a Sweden/France/Georgia co-production — also shared Odessa IFF's grand prix (with Ukraine's Oscar submission Homeward) last month.

And Then We Danced, Akin's third feature, was produced by French Quarter Film and Takes Film, with Totem Films handling international sales. Music Box has acquired North American distribution rights. The pic is set to be released in Sweden on Sept. 13.

Sweden has been a prolific presence at the Oscars. It last won an Academy Award in 1983 with Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, and most recently was nominated for Ruben Ostlund's The Square in 2017.

The 92nd Academy Awards are set to be held Feb. 9, 2020.