Preview: And Then We Danced

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in March 2020

Levan Akin
Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
113 mins, Subtitled, 2019, Sweden | Georgia | France
Primary language

This award-winning Georgia-set drama (one of the most talked about films at Cannes) explores the possibilities of love, cultural identity, sexuality and self-expression within a repressively anti-LGBTQ+ society.

“Georgian dance is based on masculinity... There is no room for weakness!” So barks the stern, macho dance teacher to Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a teenager determined to make it as lead dancer in the National Georgian Ensemble. But his teacher is wrong; when new dancer Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) joins the class, Merab experiences not just competition, but the stirrings of forbidden desire as well...

After its Cannes screening this gripping love story quickly became one of the most hyped films of the Festival, while back in Georgia it was the subject of violent mass protests from the far right. Led by outstanding performances and energetic choreography, it is a devastating tale of love and liberation - something worth celebrating.

Please note: This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.