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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
Sweden-Georgia-France
2019
106min
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.

Kate Taylor


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