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And Then We Danced (2019)

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A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.

Director:

Levan Akin

Writer:

Levan Akin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Levan Gelbakhiani ... Merab
Bachi Valishvili Bachi Valishvili ... Irakli
Ana Javakishvili Ana Javakishvili ... Mary
Kakha Gogidze Kakha Gogidze ... Aleko
Ana Makharadze Ana Makharadze ... Sopo (as Anane Makharadze)
Nino Gabisonia Nino Gabisonia ... Ninutsa (as Ninutsa Gabisonia)
Levan Gabrava Levan Gabrava ... Luka
Dachi Babunashvili Dachi Babunashvili ... Rati
Saba Abashidze Saba Abashidze ... Vakhtang
Giorgi Aladashvili Giorgi Aladashvili ... Gela
Soso Abramishvili Soso Abramishvili ... Shalva
Salome Nadaraia Salome Nadaraia ... Merab's Waitress Colleague
Tsitsino Kobiahsvili Tsitsino Kobiahsvili ... Inga Deyda
Zaira Tabatadze Zaira Tabatadze ... Potato Shop Woman
Eka Mzhavanadze Eka Mzhavanadze ... Aurora
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A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli-gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak-throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.

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Drama | Romance

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The film's Georgian dance choreographer choose to remain anonymous, therefore he/she wasn't credited. See more »

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References Spirited Away (2001) See more »

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Take a Chance on Me
Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
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Emotional masterpiece with a power to help people understand
16 November 2019 | by Wasil_2See all my reviews

Never before in cinema have I seen a relationship in which I would so genuinely believe. In every word, move, look, gesture of Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) I can see and feel an ordinary young artist struggling with self-identification and experiencing first love.

The idea of portraying gay romance in such a conservative country as Georgia could give the director Levan Akin many reasons to be moralistic and pretentious. Yet the end result is by no means like this. In every scene, every word, it is subtle, naturalistic, thought-provoking without any unnecessary preachiness. Opinions and feelings are conveyed through music and dance, which enables the film to achieve all its purposes in a delicate yet decisive way.

Akin does not portray Georgian society as something evil. As everywhere, there are people who hate, people who do not understand and people who support. 'And Then We Danced' is a meaningful masterpiece made by those who support not only for those who need the support, but also for those who do not understand yet.


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Country:

Sweden | Georgia | France

Language:

Georgian

Release Date:

7 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tbilisi, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,880, 9 February 2020

Gross USA:

$177,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,574
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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