And Then We Danced

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    And Then We Danced

    Directed by

    Sweden, Georgia, France

    2019

    113 min

    • Georgian

    Drama

    BFI London FF, Beijing Queer IFF, Bergen IFF, Bucharest Dance IFF, Festival De Cannes, Cork IFF, Hamburg Queer IFF, Hong Kong IFF, Love&Anarchy Helsinki IFF, Melbourne IFF, Mill Valley IFF, Outshine FF, Queer Lisboa FF, Viennale, Warsaw FF, Zurich IFF

    Merab has been training since a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world is suddenly turned upside down when the charismatic and carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire. In this conservative setting Merab finds himself having to break free and risk it all.

    Awards

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    • Audience Award - LesGaiCineMad FF
    • Grand Prix - Odesa IFF
    • Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani - Odesa IFF
    • Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani - Sarajevo IFF
    • Baltic Sea Award for Best Film - Carl FF
    • Yilmaz Güney award for Best International Feature Length Film - Duhok IFF
    • Jury Prize - Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian IFF
    • Best Feature - Iris Prize LGBTQ+ FF
    • Canvas Audience Award - Gent FF
    • Peace Award Best Feature Film (Panorama International) - Festival Du Nouveau Cinema Montréal
    • Audience Award Pink Balloon - Slovak Queer FF
    • Audience Award Best Foreign-Language Feature - Chicago IFF
    • Gold Q-Hugo - Chicago IFF
    • Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani - Seminci Valladolid IFF
    • Rainbow Spike for Best Film - Seminci Valladolid IFF
    • Audience Award Narrative Feature - Newfest
    • Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani - Listapad Minsk IFF
    • Audience Award - Mezipatra Queer FF
    • Jury award for Best Feature - Image+nation Montreal FF
    • Grand Audience Award - Seville European FF
    • Ocaña Freedom Award - Seville European FF
    • Best Film - LesGaiCineMad FF
    • Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani - LesGaiCineMad FF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Levan Gelbakhiani
    Bachi Valishvili
    Ana Javakhishvili
    Anano Makharadze
    Giorgi Tsereteli
    Ninutsa Gabisonia
    Screenplay
    Levan Akin
    Cinematography
    Lisabi Fridell
    Editing
    Levan Akin
    Simon Carlgren
    Music
    Zviad Mgebry
    Ben Wheeler

    Director's Statement

    In Georgia there are three things that are upheld as the paragon of Georgian Tradition and National Identity: the Church, the traditional polyphonic singing and the traditional national dance. The lead person I follow in the film actually shares the same name as me, his name is Levan and he is a dancer, I too used to dance when I was younger and I imagined being him in an alternate reality. I interviewed a lot of dancers and they all told me stories of how gender conservative and strict the Georgian Dance scene was. So I decided to set the story in this setting. The Georgian Dance would represent the “old” and the burgeoning love between two of the dancers would represent the new. With this film I find myself really going back to my roots as a filmmaker, working in an organic way, where the real lives of the people in the film and what’s going on in Georgia now affects the story. It is ever evolving. Telling the story of young LGBT+ people and their struggles on a smaller scale but also showing the history and situation of Georgia today on a larger scale. This film will not only be a very interesting look into a part of the world not so many people are familiar with but also a heartfelt movie about the importance of being free.

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    Levan Akin

    Levan Akin

    Levan Akin is a Swedish born filmmaker and his work often plays on class and gender. Previously, he directed THE CIRCLE (2015), based on the bestselling YA book. Alongside this, he also directed the feature film CERTAIN PEOPLE (2011) which had its international premiere at the Tribeca FF, receiving rave reviews. His latest work is AND THEN WE DANCED (2019), which won over twenty festival awards. Currently, Levan Akin is writing and directing a new TV-series for SVT titled DOUGH set to premiere in the spring of 2021.