Throughout the film, two men are dancing together. However, physically they are in different locations in their own apartments. One of the men is an artist living in an old historical apartment in the center of Moscow; the other is an art buyer living in a modern apartment in a prestigious Moscow-City housing complex. They can be together only in the space of their imagination and dreams.
At the end of the video the slogan appears: Love is everyone’s right.
Cultural / Context information for the jury
In July 2020, Vladimir Putin changed the Russian constitution to ban same-sex marriage with an amendment that defines marriage as between a man and woman. 77% of the country’s population supported the change.
At the same time, Gay Propaganda law passed in 2013 actively functions in Russia. It criminalises representations of LGBTQIA+ community and their relationships, supposedly to protect children from being exposed to homosexuality. It has also encouraged a wave of hate crimes that continue to this day.
One year on from the constitutional change, this film was released to challenge these offensive portrayals of same-sex relationship.
By making and releasing the film we took the risk of essentially breaking the Gay Propaganda law.
This is the first Russian LGBTQIA+ film in years that actually portrays a gay relationship and the country’s first anti-homophobic project aimed at decreasing the amount of hatred towards the community.
Tell the jury anything relevant about the cinematography.
According to the concept of the film we had to cut from one location to another. That required smooth camera movements, this is why we shot the whole film on a Steadicam. Camera angles called for a great balance between being visually exciting and uniting two locations together so it feels like actors are dancing in the same space.