The film's makers said they believed the low-budget film was awarded an 18 certificate because of the new law.The adults-only release is perhaps justified by scenes of smoking spliffs, vodka swilling and swearing, but probably not by the film's one gay kiss."At least people who were in the jury told us that this was the reason why we were not accepted for Kinotavr." The film's co-writer Lyubov Lvova said she believed festivals feared they could lose funding if they showed the film."At many festivals – Russian ones – this scared the organisers a lot.This makes them easy extortion targets for criminals.
"He supports the government's line and is a very political director and we realised that they would not take us." Nevertheless, Kommersant daily's film critic Lidya Maslova argued that the film would "look great at any European festival." The film won prizes at the two smaller Russian festivals where it was shown, at the Window into Europe festival in Vyborg in northwestern Russia in August and at Moscow Premiere in September.Then I remembered to take my phone out of airplane mode, and the social network burst to life.Gay men were looking for other gay men all over Russia's (now-properly geolocated) capital city.After all, this app gives you the distance (down to the meter) of where young men might find other young men for a romantic rendezvous. I was curious what it was like to use the app in densely populated Moscow, the country's biggest city boasting some 12 million people.During a recent trip to Russia, I decided to find out.But the film's makers expressed relief that the culture ministry permitted its release at all.