And Then We Danced
Set to delight fans of Call Me by Your Name as well as lovers of traditional Georgian dance, this is one of the most buzzed-about films from Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
Dir-Scr Levan Akin
Prod Mathilde Dedye, Ketie Daniela, Julien Féret
With Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
Sales Totem Films
With English subtitles
‘There is no sexuality in Georgian dance!’ So barks the stern and macho dance teacher to flame-haired Merab, a teenage boy determined to make it as lead dancer in the touring company. But that teacher is wrong; when new guy Irakli joins the class, Merab experiences not just some tough competition, but the stirrings of something else. Levan Akin’s third feature is a gripping drama that captures both the beauty and stifling social values of Tbilisi. It also features energised choreography (a momentous audition! a Robyn song!) and an extraordinarily physical performance from dancer Levan Gelbakhiani. Set within the repressive limits of an anti-LGBTQ+ society, this is a love story that marries ideas of cultural identity, sexuality and self-expression with beauty and grace.