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And Then We Danced

by Levan Akin Feature Film Competition

Merab is a dreamy and passionate young dancer, of whom his coach thinks to be a bit too soft: after all, traditional Georgian dancers are supposed to embody strength. Hailing from a family of dancers, Merab has trained with his dance partner Mariam since childhood, and everything seems to develop towards a relationship even beyond the ballroom. One day, when a new dancer appears on the scene, electricity fills the room. The mysterious Irakli’s ability to dominate the characters he dances with precision not only attracts the coach’s attention. While Merab and Irakli compete for a sought-after place in the main ensemble of the Georgian State Ballet, an affection between the two begins to bloom, becoming ever more difficult to supress. AND THEN WE DANCED is a light-hearted narration about yearning, self-realisation and the rebellion of a liberal generation in a conservative and highly homophobic society.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Sweden, Georgia, France, 2019
  • Runtime: 112 Min
  • Languages: Georgian
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Levan Akin
  • Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
  • Screenplay: Levan Akin
  • Cinematography: Lisabi Fridell
  • Editors: Levan Akin, Simon Carlgren
  • Sound: Beso Kacharava
  • Music: Zviad Mgebry, Ben Wheeler
  • Producers: Mathilde Dedye, Ketie Danelia
  • Production Companies: French Quarter Film, Takes Film, RMV Film, Inland Film, AMA Productions
  • World Sales: Totem Films
  • Swiss Distribution: Cineworx Filmverleih GmbH
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