“And Then We Danced” is a Georgian-Swedish romantic drama film directed by Levan Akin. The story follows Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a young male dancer in the Georgian National Ensemble who is struggling to find his place in a conservative society. When a new dancer named Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) joins the company, Merab's world is turned upside down as he begins to explore his sexuality and his passion for dance. The film explores themes of tradition, identity, and the power of art to break down barriers.
“And Then We Danced” is a powerful and affecting film that combines stunning dance sequences with a deeply moving story. Levan Gelbakhiani delivers a breakthrough performance as Merab, capturing both his vulnerability and his inner strength as he grapples with his desires and his dreams. The chemistry between Gelbakhiani and Bachi Valishvili is palpable, and their romance is both tender and passionate. Director Levan Akin's sensitive and nuanced approach to the story allows the film to explore complex themes with depth and subtlety. The film's final dance sequence is a triumph of emotion and artistry, capping off a remarkable and unforgettable film.
“And Then We Danced” has been widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and has won several awards at international film festivals. The film won the Best Feature Film award at the 2019 Odessa International Film Festival, the Queer Palm award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and the Best International Feature award at the 2020 Inside Out Film and Video Festival. The film was also Georgia's official submission for the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film's powerful and timely message of love and acceptance has resonated with viewers around the world, making it one of the most acclaimed LGBTQ+ films of recent years.
|Directed by||Levan Akin,|
|Written by||Levan Akin|
|Produced by||Mathilde Dedye Ketie Danelia|
|Starring||Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli,|
|Edited by||Levan Akin Simon Carlgren|
|Music by||Zviad Mgebry|
|French Quarter Film Takes Film AMA Productions RMV Film Inland Film|
|Distributed by||TriArt Film (Sweden) ARP Sélection (France)|
|Release dates||16 May 2019 (Cannes) 13 September 2019 (Sweden) 6 November 2019 (France)|
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Countries||Sweden Georgia France|